Arias and her Defense add Insult to Injury

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by Rob Roman & Amanda Chen

We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the Flores family on the tragic loss of their 15 year-old son.

We intended to post an article all about Travis Alexander, but recent events in the penalty retrial have caused us to change our course. Additionally, I told a very good friend of mine, a prosecution supporter, about my intention to post an article about Travis Alexander, and she asked me why not do an article about Jodi Arias instead? She’s right, so here it is.

Having recently reported that this retrial was not the nightmare many believe it is, I have to backpedal a little after the events of last week. No question, it was a really dark week for the defense.

https://spotlightonlaw.wordpress.com/the-jodi-arias-penalty-re-trial-the-nightmare-that-never-was/

Two things in particular happened last week, and there are just no two sides about it. The first is an affidavit by a former acquaintance of Travis Alexander named Marc McGee, now of New Zealand. The second is the release into evidence of an 18 page letter Jodi Arias wrote to Travis Alexander’s family on July 28th, 2008. Before we delve into all that, let’s have a review of the rest of what happened last week (Jan. 19 – 22).

Dr. Robert Geffner is still on the stand and Jennifer Willmott was finishing up on direct examination of this defense mitigation expert witness. We should keep in mind that this is not all mitigation. The prosecution summed up their version of all the major events covered in the guilt phase of the trial. The defense, in part, is responding to the prosecution’s version of events. Many prosecution supporters have remarked they have seen no mitigation yet in this penalty retrial. Not so, because the two defense expert witnesses have in fact covered much of the defenses’ enumerated mitigators.

detetive FloresWe have to assume that the mitigators relating to Jodi Arias being a good friend and having artistic talents were removed due to possible difficulties in making a good case for those assertions. Why would that be, do you think? Even so, it’s foreseeable some artwork will be featured in some way during the penalty retrial. Mitigators can come from anywhere in the testimony and evidence and are not limited to those enumerated by the defense.

Here are the new enumerated mitigators:

1. Ms. Arias has no prior criminal history.

2. Ms. Arias was just 27 years old when she committed her
offense.

3. Ms. Arias is remorseful for her conduct.

4. Ms. Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse as a
child.

5. Ms. Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse during
her relationship with Mr. Alexander.

6. The abusive nature of the relationship caused Ms. Arias to
suffer extreme emotional stress at the time of the incident.

7. Ms. Arias has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress
Disorder.

8. Ms. Arias has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality
Disorder.

9. Ms. Arias’ psychological makeup impaired her ability to cope
with the tumultuous relationship she had with Mr. Alexander.

Numbers 1 and 2 do not take very much testimony to establish. Number 3 should come from Jodi Arias’ own testimony or allocution, and that’s all on hold now pending the appeal of the ruling by the Arizona Supreme Court that she cannot be allowed to testify in a closed courtroom. Numbers 4 through 8 have all been substantially covered by the expert witnesses.

Jennifer Willmott finished up her questioning of Dr. Geffner by introducing messages and texts suggesting that Travis Alexander was having intimate and sexual conversations with a number of women, including a request for sexually provocative photos, while he was involved with Jodi Arias and Lisa Andrews.

Geffner stated that sexual exploitation was a form of domestic abuse and that Travis Alexander was engaged in such conduct with Jodi Arias. The defense also explored how Travis’ overriding emphasis on sex made Lisa Andrews uncomfortable in several different ways.

JUAN FIT 10Geffner described an “on-again, off-again” pattern in Alexander’s relationships and a history of unstable relationships for Arias. Some of the conversations between Alexander and a number of young ladies happened in the weeks leading up to Arias’ move back to northern California in April, 2008.

References to a “cycle of abuse” and Arias being constantly drawn back into the sexual relationship were made by Dr. Geffner. It was stated that there is no physical evidence of physical abuse and no mention of it in Arias’ journals. Dr. Geffner said this was not unusual. Certain incidents of alleged physical abuse were then discussed.

Dr. Geffner talked about Arias’ diagnosis of PTSD and said the psych. tests he ran on Arias showed the same results as earlier tests.

Testimony then turned to a reported drastic change in Arias’ personality in late 2006, about the time Arias became involved with the Mormon Church, Pre-Paid Legal Services (PPL), and Travis Alexander. Dr. Geffner reported that no one has reported any aggression by Jodi Arias in years and years prior to June, 2008.

Then the defense decided to introduce affidavits from defense witnesses who were supposedly refusing to testify. They introduced them via Dr. Geffner’s testimony. Prosecutor Juan Martinez, who previously argued that the court should not be allowed to be cleared for a witness, because witnesses who wanted their identity kept secret could testify by way of affidavit, was now objecting to the introduction of witness affidavits. This is the same prosecutor who famously declared that Jodi Arias and the defense “cannot have it both ways”.

pittsWilliam Pitts @william_pitts · Jan 20

Nurmi is up. Says the last time we talked mitigation Martinez said bring your affidavits. We brought them, now he says no. #JodiArias

To be fair, his objection could have been based on whether the affidavits were sworn statements or not.

At this point, there was a “sidebar” at least an hour and fifteen minutes long to discuss the introduction of witness affidavits. Then Judge Sherry Stephens went to her chambers either to consult with other judges or to research case law. Then she returned for more sidebars.

af·fi·da·vit

noun

law : A written report which is signed by a person who promises that the information is true.

: A sworn statement in writing made especially under oath or on affirmation before an authorized magistrate or officer.

An affidavit was introduced through Dr. Geffner from a former co-worker of Arias’ in Palm Springs, California attesting to a drastic change in her personality towards the end of 2006. Previously, in the guilt phase, Arias’ former boyfriend, Darryl Brewer, had testified to just such a change.

Now we can get to the dark parts for the defense.

court roomAn affidavit was introduced by Dr. Geffner, signed by one of the defense mitigation witnesses who we now know to be former Alexander acquaintance Marc McGee of New Zealand. We know this because Marc McGee has been vocal in social media, and many trial watchers, reporters and bloggers knew this information was coming from him. The other reason we know this is because Juan Martinez decided to say the name of the author of the affidavit several times in open court, even though it was agreed upon not to divulge the names of the authors/witnesses. At this point what do you think happened? That’s right – Kirk Nurmi motioned for a mistrial. Motion denied, but the Judge admonished Martinez for naming the secret witness more than once. Martinez came out again, blurted out the witness’ name AGAIN, and then he said “Crap!”

The next day, Nurmi took another shot:

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  17h 17 hours ago

Nurmi brings up that he asked that Martinez be held in contempt for stating secret witness’ name yesterday after being admonished by judge.

The two main points in the affidavit of “witness #1” are these:

  • A January 2001 incident at the Bishop’s residnce in Riverside, California where the witness claims to have witnessed Alexander forcibly grabbing and pushing his girlfriend, Deanna Reid, down on a couch and saying “Get it through your f*cking head, I’m not going to marry you.” The witness says his fiancée then provided some first aid to Deanna Reid’s wrists.
  • The same witness also recalled that while looking at files on the Bishop’s computer, as the witness lived at the Bishop’s residence at that time, a file popped up containing photos of child porn. The witness said it came from a user account or folder belonging to Travis Alexander. The affidavit then states that he had a private conversation about the porn with Travis Alexander in a car outside the Bishop’s home. The witness stated Alexander admitted he downloaded the porn, he had an addiction, and that he was sexually abused at age eight.

Jennifer Willmott then drew comparisons to an event where Alexander allegedly grabbed Arias and refused to let her leave his bedroom.

Later, on cross-examination, prosecutor Juan Martinez made the point that since the witness saw the child porn, the witness broke the law and was also guilty of viewing child porn. The child porn allegation includes no evidence or other witnesses, and it’s doubtful that Alexander would make such a damning confession to a mere acquaintance. Also, social media comments from the witness during and after the guilt phase of the trial mention porn in relation to Alexander, but not child porn. Further, the witness, from previous statements on Twitter etc., revealed that he is entirely in the defenses’ corner, seems to crave the limelight and attention, and seems to have an axe to grind with Travis Alexander over some previous incident.

As for the claim about Alexander forcefully pushing Deanna Reid down on a couch in late 2001, there are problems with that, too. First, the witnesses initially gave a date the alleged incident occurred, but it was at a time when Deanna Reid was away on an LDS mission in Costa Rica. The witness then corrected the date to December, 2001, but another problem cropped up.

Travis and deannaFirst, Deanna Reid seemed like a very honest witness, highly credible and reliable. She testified that Alexander NEVER put his hands on her in anger NOR raised his voice to her EVER. Second, Deanna Reid testified that she was not even contemplating marriage to Travis Alexander until 2005, when she broke up with him because he was dragging his feet on the issue. In addition, in December 2001, Deanna and Travis were just getting reacquainted, seeing each other at church and meetings occasionally, and talking about dating steadily again. This makes it doubtful that Reid and Alexander, who had actually dated for only a couple months by the end of 2001, could have had an argument over the subject of marriage, much less an argument that turned physical or violent over marriage.

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Deanna Reid, a prosecution witness, talks about her relationship with Travis Alexander.

So, Witness #1, Marc McGee, is giving testimony via affidavit on two major points and both allegations end up being highly questionable and problematic. No doubt Deanna Reid will appear in person on the witness stand to answer those allegations. This brings up a good question – What is the defense team doing? They brought in a critical witness but they did not properly vet his statements. Meanwhile, trial watchers were saying on the very same date the Tweets flew out of the courtroom that there was trouble with these allegations. Trial watchers picked right up on the problems with these statements, but the defense didn’t?

Another question is: Did the defense know this was a bad idea to use this witness and that his allegations were highly questionable and used him anyways? If so, the culprit might be Jodi Arias herself. Did Jodi Arias, possibly with the help of Simon Johannson, Ben Ernst, or others from the JodiAriasIsInnocent.com crew demand that this witness be introduced? Did they insist on bringing in Marc McGee despite the damage his poor testimony could cause?

This also brings up serious questions about why witnesses refused to testify unless the courtroom was cleared. Why would a man living in New Zealand, who had no trouble spouting off on social media about this case before, now be afraid to testify in a public trial?  Prosecution Supporters were upset about this weeks ago. I just thought there must be some rational reason for the secrecy, but now I can no longer defend that position. I see no reason at all why Mark McGee should refuse to testify in open court.

It’s not really his life that’s at stake here, is it? If a witness cannot get up on the stand and stand up for Jodi Arias, then why come forward in the first place? The prosecution is going to present live witnesses in rebuttal to all this, and that’s much more powerful than paper statements from witnesses who don’t want to risk anything.

jennifer willmottIt’s either really bad work by the defense, or they allowed Jodi Arias (and crew?) to drive the train and introduce this witness, knowing the harm it could cause. Either way, it’s a stunning defeat for the defense. There’s just no way to rationalize it or to describe it any other way. One really bad affidavit now casts a shadow on any subsequent affidavits from any other witnesses. It was an absolute disaster.

Beyond that, how is this mitigation? People are asking this question, but this evidence was given to back up enumerated mitgator #5: “Ms. Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse during her relationship with Mr. Alexander”. It does apply to mitigation, because if it can be shown that Alexander physically abused another girlfriend, then it could be more likely he physically abused Arias. If there are other connections with child porn, Arias’ statements become more believable. The defense needs to prove these mitigators true by a preponderance of the evidence and they’re critical to saving Jodi Arias’ life. The defense cannot afford to introduce any more evidence that can heavily damage any of the enumerated mitigators.

Well, they just did exactly that, and it’s not going to get better, it’s probably going to get worse.

Sparks flew when direct examination of Dr. Geffner ended and cross began. Juan Martinez sprang up out of his chair ready to pounce. There were a lot of ‘Yes or No’s? and a lot of ‘Did I ask you that’s?’

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Willmott is done. Martinez jumps up to cross examine. Already with the “yes or no” please. Willmott objects. Time elapsed: about 20 seconds.

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Martinez goes to the affidavit about the child porn at the bishop’s house in Riverside. 

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Says witness #1 gave a different story about the photographs on the computer. Martinez asks for yes/no. Geffner says he doesn’t understand

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

“Yes or no?” “Yes or no, what?” Did Alexander “own” those photos?” “I don’t know if the word ‘owner’ came up.”

Prosecutor Juan Martinez continued to attack Dr. Geffner in a flurry of questions, perhaps hoping Geffner would lose control of his water again. There were questions about the affidavit. Did Alexander admit it was his porn at the Bishop’s residence in Riverside, California? Why did Witness #1 have to change the date of the Deanna Reid pushing-down-on-the-couch incident? Why was witness #1 mixed up on the dates to the point he needed to change the date to December, 2001?

At some point, Martinez reaches into his arsenal of bombs and missiles, and threatens to pull out the cat story, not admitted into the guilt phase of the trial, where Jodi Arias supposedly squeezes a cat “too hard”. Martinez is now claiming that she ‘squeezed the cat to near unconsciousness’. Juan wants this in bad. He knows people know that many of the most dangerous serial killers started out by torturing and killing small animals. Martinez also knows that this is highly prejudicial, and would be very effective in a jury of many younger women. Somehow, evidence that was not allowed to be admitted in the guilt phase of the trial is now being allowed in.

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Martinez asks complex questions and asks for yes/no, he talks fast, cuts off answers to get witness off balance. Very effective technique.

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

“Turn it over, there’s something else on it…”

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Martinez hands an exhibit to Geffner. “Why don’t you take a look it it…Take a look at it..Look at all of it…Look at the next page…”

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Martinez hammers the question about whether Travis Alexander denied the porn was his, and when Geffner answers, he shouts, “yes or no?”

kieffer lg brtMichael Kiefer @michaelbkiefer  ·  Jan 21

Martinez berating Geffner, “Don’t tell me, I’m asking you to put your eyes to it.”

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Martinez refers to Alyce LaViolette as “Psychologist #1”, furthering the misunderstanding that LaViolette is a psychologist. She’s not. She’s an MSW (Masters in Social Work), a Domestic Violence expert and a Psychotherapist. Martinez brings up the time when LaViolette wrote in her notes that Jodi Arias caught Travis Alexander masturbating to pictures of young boys on the computer. Geffener says that was LaViolette’s misunderstanding and mistake, not Jodi Arias’. Martinez accuses Dr. Geffener of being a speculating ‘Hired Gun’.

Martinez delves into Geffner’s history of testifying in trials. How much money he made, whether he thinks his opinion is “the best”, and some controversial testimony in other trials. Martinez asks if Geffner is qualified to testify about the brain because he’s not a Medical Doctor. Geffner replies he’s a neuropsychologist, so he is qualified to testify about the brain.

Martinez then questions Dr. Geffner’s associations on boards with Dr. Miccio Fonseca, who testified earlier in the retrial. He also questions the presence of both Dr. Geffner and Jennifer Willmott at the same speaking engagement.  He then brings up the peeping incident at Alexander’s home, when Arias saw Alexander through the window with another woman in August, 2007, after “breaking up” with Alexander at the end of July.

This journal entry is just days after the peeping incident:

Aug 26 2007 Journal entry A
Aug 26 2007 Journal entry A
Aug 26 2007 Journal entry B
Aug 26 2007 Journal entry B
Aug 26 2007 Journal entry C
Aug 26 2007 Journal entry C

Dr. Geffner’s notes and timeline do not include the peeping incident. Here again, and for the umpteenth time, the defense shoots themselves in the foot by not supplying their witnesses with negative information so they can be prepared to answer difficult questions on cross. Witness preparation has always been sorely lacking on the defense side. They move on to questions about what defines “dating, seeing each other, and being in a relationship”.

Martinez then moves on to Witness #3 who stated that Jodi Arias was cheerful, never sexual, normal, and fun in Palm Desert, California in 2006. Then she changed drastically. Martinez asks if this may have been because Jodi Arias was in financial trouble and losing her home? But Jodi Arias changed before all that, according to Darryl Brewer.

Then they talked about the January 21st kick-in-the-ribs incident. Martinez states that Arias had sex with Alexander on the same day she claims she caught him in his bedroom with pictures of young children. What’s up with that? Then there’s a discussion about the fight Arias and Alexander had shortly before leaving on a vacation trip to Havasupai Falls. They discuss how Arias writes in her journal that Alexander apologized and Arias reported “it was 99% his fault”.

This Journal entry is written just days after the alleged rib-kicking, finger-breaking incident:

January 24 2008 journal entry
January 24 2008 journal entry A
January 24 2008 journal entry B
January 24 2008 journal entry B

Martinez believes that the Havasupai Falls Fight and the Peeping incidents are key incidents that say a lot about the bad behavior of Jodi Arias. The peeping incident because Arias and Alexander were broken up and Arias invades his privacy, stalks Alexander, spies on him, and confronts him with the information the next day. The Havasupai argument incident is key for Martinez because Arias blames Alexander for something that was not his fault at all – the unpacking of the contents of her backpack onto the kitchen table. Dan Freeman initiated that, because it was way too heavy to hike with. He was trying to help Jodi Arias, and Alexander was just there.

The questioning continues to Jodi Arias’ journal entry registering surprise when she’s told early June 10th that Alexander was found dead in his bathroom. Geffner states she knew he was dead, but he doesn’t know her “level of disassociation”. Martinez remarks how Jodi Arias omits details in her journal that are unfavorable to her, especially about the Havasupai Fight. Geffner replies that people omit all kinds of details in diaries, both favorable and unfavorable. Geffner also says Arias omitted negative things because she was following the Law of Attraction, where efforts to think of only good thoughts will supposedly attract only good things to your life.

This journal entry is written the day after Alexander’s body was found:

June 10 2008 journal entry A
June 10 2008 journal entry A
June 10 2008 journal B
June 10 2008 journal B

Questioning then moved to Alexander’s position on the bed when Arias allegedly caught him masturbating to children’s pictures. He was reportedly kneeling, which Martinez is skeptical about. Martinez asks Geffner why he described Alexander as manipulative, and Geffner responded that he described certain behaviors as manipulative, not the person. Martinez likes to switch subjects suddenly and skip around the timeline to throw witnesses off. He switches to questions about the forensic computer expert “John Smith” and a teen sex website link found on Alexander’s computer.

Next, Juan projects questions from psychological tests on the wall, and Geffner protests that these are copyrighted tests, and they’ll be invalidated by broadcasting the questions to the general public. The inevitable sidebar is called. Judge Stephens orders court cameras turned off and they proceed. Next are questions about the PTSD test that Dr. Samuels gave, after Arias changed her story about what trauma she experienced.

Finally, Juan brings in the famous 18-page letter Jodi Arias wrote to the Alexander family on July 28, 2008, Travis’ Birthday. This letter was not allowed into evidence in the guilt trial for being too prejudicial to Jodi Arias. This is the second serious defeat for the defense. We have wondered exactly what was in that letter, and now we know:

Jodi Arias 7 28 letter to Alexander family

The first thing that stands out with this letter is that Arias knows this letter will be seen by the police and could be used for evidence. She even says so in the letter. Jodi Arias later stated after being arrested for murder, that she did not want to admit to killing Travis because she did not want to get into the specifics of the relationship which would be embarrassing and reflect badly on both Travis and herself.

Yet, she talks about how the couple had to avoid Deanna Reid because she gets very jealous, about everything being part of God’s plan, and about how she discovered sexual text messages with multiple women in Travis’ phone in July, 2007.

She writes about how she broke up with him and how he begged her to move to Mesa, how he cheated on Her and Lisa Andrews, about having a confession session with Travis where he admitted he had been dating Lisa Andrews, about how Travis became enraged when Jodi talked about her love interests and dates, and about Travis being cruel to her and abusing her.

Remember that this letter was sent to Travis’ devastated family, his grandmother and his 7 siblings.

juan fit 11She writes about how Travis was begging her to come over for late night romps, how he ‘guilted her’ if she refused. She wrote about how Travis beat her and how she covered up the bruises, about her leaving Mesa and moving back to Yreka, about how Travis was extremely angry, and how she pitied him and felt sorry for him for the way he got angry and abused her.

She talks of how upon telling him of new love interests and dates, he branded her “a whore”, and about how she was helping him to court Mimi Hall.

She writes about how Travis planned to travel up to her area to see 3 more of the 1,000 Places to See Before You Die * ( Crater Lake, The Oregon Coast, and the Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon), how Travis later guilted her into diverting to Mesa, Arizona from her planned trip to lower California and Utah on June 2-6, 2008.

* If you listen closely to the phone sex conversation, you will notice that every time Jodi Arias mentions getting together or Travis coming up to Yreka to travel in Oregon, he stops talking or changes the subject. You will notice that happens several times. Then he finally agrees, but his plans are very vague.

Then she starts giving a very detailed account of the killing on June 4th, 2008. This is the Ninja story where she is taking photos of Travis in the shower when she hears a loud “pop”. Travis is shot by one of two intruders. He is on his hands and knees and screaming. Jodi charges the female intruder and knocks her over. She grabs Travis and tries to escort him out of the bathroom. Travis says he can’t make it and he can’t feel his legs.

The female intruder says we didn’t come here to kill Jodi Arias and the male threatens her family if she tells. The male and female intruder have an argument. The male intruder then changes his mind and points the gun at Jodi’s temple and fires, but the gun doesn’t go off. She brushes by the two intruders and out of the bathroom leaving Travis behind. She peels out of the driveway.

Jodi Arias even supplies details such as she backed out of the driveway keeping an eye on the front door, backing up without even looking at what was in the street. She even supplies witnesses, two blonde girls, a 9 year-old and a 14 year-old, who saw her as she cruised out of Travis’ neighborhood.

Then she talks about Travis’ kindness and generosity and how much she misses him. She makes the remark that some souvenirs Travis had in his home from their trips together, which are probably in their possession now, were bought by her. She writes again about how they both planned to conquer the 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. She gives more references to God’s will and adds some scripture, and explains why she smiled for her mug shot. She writes about how God is just and fair, how they will find and punish whoever did this someday, and about how Travis is close by and living in Heaven.

She goes on to say that Travis had retaliated against her physically on two occasions, but that he did nothing to deserve his horrific murder. She says she wasn’t jealous at all about not being asked to go to Cancun with Travis. She says she harbors no hostility towards Travis and knowing him was one of the great blessings of her life. She’s forgiven Travis for being unfaithful to her, and his family is in her thoughts and prayers.

jodi lg btThen she lets the family of the victim know that she will not spend a single day in prison for a heinous crime in which she had no part.

She mentions physical abuse in this letter, written just 7 weeks after the killing which goes against both the Law of Attraction and her stated goal of not edifying Travis in a negative way.

On the other hand, her claims of physical abuse are very consistent.

To get the full effect of the letter, you really need to imagine your son, grandson, or brother was just found in his bathroom in the state Travis Alexander was found in, then imagine you were told by the Mesa Police they were 100% sure that Jodi Arias did this. You are then told she has been indicted, charged, and arrested for your relative’s murder, then you receive this letter about 7 weeks after the body is found.

Read it several times. There are really only two conclusions a reasonable person could come to:

  • Jodi Arias is selfish, cruel and inhuman, with absolutely no concept of other people’s feelings or pain.

Or

  • Jodi Arias is severely and seriously mentally ill.

Any way you look at this letter, even in the light most favorable to the defendant, there can only be these two possibilities. These people just lost their family member, and she is talking about souvenirs from trips, about Travis’ cruelty and abuse, about herself mostly, and about Travis’ anger and rage. There is just no way any reasonable person could be that callous and insensitive to write the things she writes to a family that just lost their loved one in a brutal killing. There’s just no way she could have not really meant it that way. There is no possible interpretation of this letter that’s favorable to Jodi Arias.

Others would offer a third possibility

  • Jodi was justified in committing this crime or did not commit the crime at all.

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Now try to clear your mind of everything, and put yourself in the shoes of someone who was there and did commit the killing, but completely blacked out, and only remembers small bits and pieces, but she knows she was attacked and she was defending herself. Now read the letter again. Does it make more sense now?

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Now put yourself in the shoes of a very confused person who does not remember what really happened, but she knows she did not commit the killing. Now read the letter from this perspective. Does the letter make any more sense now?

“Dryson Bennington” believes that Travis’ roommate, Enrique Cortez, witnessed Travis having that conference call he was scheduled to have on June 4, 2008 at around 6:30 PM. The obvious problem with this is that his fellow PPL’ers stated Travis missed that conference call. No one has come forward to say they were on a conference call with Travis at around 6:30 PM on June 4, 2008.

I agree that the two roommates, Zach and Enrique, could not remember exactly when they saw Travis last, when they did their laundry last, and why they didn’t think it strange that Travis’ CTR ring (‘Choose the Right’), keys and wallet sat on the kitchen counter for 5 days when they thought he was in Cancun. It’s a little strange, but they were cleared in this matter, and it doesn’t seem like a promising lead to me. Dryson Bennington, a fellow Jodi-supporter, blocked me on Facebook shortly after this, when I was questioning his statements.

Jen from The Trial Diaries, a prosecution supporter, blocked me on Twitter, for whatever reason. I questioned something she said. I guess if someone disagrees with you, just block them and you never have to justify your statements or question your own ideas and assumptions. 🙂

But please be objective. Setting aside all other evidence, from which perspective does the letter make the most sense?

  • She planned it, she did it, and she knows she did it.
  • She did it, but she was attacked first and she defended herself, but remembers little.
  • She remembers little, she was there but she did not have any part in it.

This letter does serious damage to a case for Life for Jodi Arias. Presumably it will be in the jury room for the jury to read. Juan Martinez will be sure to see that they all read it. Many people think this letter is subtly, stealthily and deliberately heartless and cruel. Others believe it’s totally blatant and not really hidden at all. Few people see how this could just be an effort to ingratiate herself with the Alexander family and try to rationalize and divert blame and responsibility for the murder onto someone else. Fewer people still, believe that this letter can be explained and rationalized if the person committed the killing, but blacked out and doesn”t remember most of what happened, or was not involved at all.

I see it as more evidence that Jodi Arias has a severe and serious mental illness. I don’t see this as wholly deliberate, but beyond her ability to control it, or to fully realize the magnitude of what she is doing and what she has done.

When you couple this letter together with the affidavit of witness #1, the defense has taken a very serious blow this week. Some trial watchers have reported that this week changed their minds from wanting Life for Arias to wanting Death for her. Many trial watchers have reported that they feel that a sentence of Death is now far more likely than a Life sentence just on account of the events of last week.

judge sherryJuan Martinez has many, many more missiles and bombs in his arsenal to rain down on Jodi Arias, some of these may even be nuclear. The defense cannot afford to stumble again like they did last week. They need to find a way to counter these severe blows and others like them that surely will follow.

jodi arias sleeveless 2 ltThis thing with Marc McGee has been a disaster so far, and they need to fix it. It just makes a person wonder who will be the next star witness? Were these mitigation witnesses selected by the defense team or were these witnesses Jodi Arias insisted on including regardless of the defense team’s advice? Are Marc McGee and other possible witnesses the product of Jodi Arias listening to and believing in Simon Johannson, Benjamin Ernst and others from the crew at Jodi Arias Is Innocent.com?

Entering that letter into evidence was no fault of the defense, but the letter contradicts other statements Jodi Arias made. The Affidavit evidence needs to be as unassailable as possible. It does no good to enter into evidence things that will do far more harm than good for your case.

Whoever is behind this is steering her down the road to the execution chamber. I’m saying this as a Jodi Arias supporter: As of last week, the worm has turned and a unanimous sentence for Death has become a real and glaring possibility.

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Decepticon Christine Beswick Transforms Gossip into Gospel

Canadian Decepticon Christine Beswick Transforms Gossip into Gospel

Fact Based Reporting by Rob Roman

Research by Amanda Chen

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Christine Beswick, a “Relationships Examiner” for Examiner.com out of Toronto, makes medical history ….. by talking out her ass.

Here we review Christine’s latest article “Jodi Arias will get a video call for Christmas, Juan Martinez fights back.” Judging from her past articles, Christine Beswick seems to have a visceral and seething hatred for the defendant. Really, she’s just another in a long line of D-list celebs who try to cash in, garner more site hits and attention for themselves by throwing rocks at Jodi Arias.

Beswick, in a Nutshell

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Her so-called articles are generally devoid of fact, give few specific examples, and cite few if any other qualified sources. Beswick is just putting it out there knowing that 95 out of 100 people will tell her “Right-on”. As she goes riding by on her bicycle, triumphantly waiving to her adoring fans, we just had to try and shove a proverbial stick in her spokes, in the name of factual reporting and fairness, of course.

The quoted sections in turquoise are from Christine’s article, followed by our responses. Other sources are in purple.

Victim’s Wounds

“After seeing the evidence that Travis Alexander was stabbed over 25 times, shot in the head, and nearly decapitated from a severed windpipe, the 2013 jury also found that Jodi’s crime included the aggravating factor of cruelty in the murder of Travis Alexander. It was this aggravating factors stage that a jury unanimously found made Jodi Arias eligible for the death penalty.

1359613086_grammar_police_xlargeWrong! (Grammar Police needed)

Travis Alexander had 16 stab wounds. Try reading the autopsy report.

http://murderpedia.org/female.A/images/arias-jodi/travis-alexander-autopsy-report.pdf

He had 29 knife wounds.

– 16 stab wounds – 13 incised wounds, including the slit throat. Many of these wounds were minor.

This does not seek to minimize the wounds, as some were obviously deep and two wounds were fatal all by themselves (the stab to the heart and the neck slash). The wounds were horrific, no doubt.

Everyone likes to say that Travis Alexander was “nearly decapitated” or that his throat was “slashed to the vertebrae”. Wrong!

This would be Nicole Brown Simpson, and we will not go over that again. Nearly decapitated? There is no evidence of that whatsoever. In fact, the official autopsy report states that the throat wound was 2-4 inches short of being ear to ear. His windpipe was severed, yes.

Saying Travis was “nearly decapitated” is like saying in July that it’s “nearly Christmas”.

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Extreme Cruelty

It would have been much more cruel, had Alexander been stabbed once in the heart, then left to slowly bleed to death.

As for the cruelty charge, let’s see what USA Today has to say about that:

“In the Jodi Arias case, the jury that convicted her of murder also found that she killed Travis Alexander in an especially cruel manner. The current jury will decide only if there are mitigators that outweigh the cruelty.

The aggravator is called F(6) in the statutes, “especially heinous, cruel or depraved.” In Arias’ case, the trial judge would only allow for cruelty.

All murder could be deemed cruel, but “excessive cruelty” is supposed to refer to great physical suffering or great mental anguish before death.”

This is supposed to mean a prolonged death, a purposely prolonged death, torture, a significant period of mental anguish prior to death, or a significant period of uncertainty about whether or not the victim will be murdered, such as in a rape, a kidnapping, or  a hostage situation.

“But ­prosecutors often rely on the common meaning of the word “cruel” to get juries to believe that the murder they are ­judging is among the cruelest.”

This is a problem of Arizona law. It’s a serious problem.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/arias-sentencing-retrial-death-penalty/17652153/

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Jodi Arias ordered a “Code Red” on Travis Alexander. Therefore, Juan Martinez, a few connected polticians, and the LDS Church get to order a “Code Red” on Jodi Arias. Right?

Fair is fair.

Supporters and Defense Think Guilt Phase Still in Progress

“…This (2nd penalty) phase has been in progress since September 2014. Supporters of Jodi Arias, and the current defense strategy of Jodi Arias, suggests (sic) that some people think right now Jodi is fighting for her innocence. She is not. She is still guilty and convicted of first degree murder, and this jury has been ordered to remember that.”

grammar policeWrong! (Grammar Police needed)

I keep hearing this idiotic idea that Jodi supporters and the defense think it’s still the guilt phase. Nobody thinks that, and the jury knows full well what they are there to decide. It’s Life vs. Death.

We have already reported that there is almost zero difference in Arizona between LWOP (Life with no possibility of parole) and 25 years to life with a possibility of parole (Life with an infinitesimally slight, but virtually no chance of parole).

What’s really interesting is that we know for a fact that many Prosecution supporters believe that Life is the correct decision. We thought the battle lines would change from Guilty vs. Not Guilty, to Life vs. Death, with many prosecution supporters coming over and joining us on the side of Life. However, most prosecution supporters are still fighting the Guilty vs. Not Guilty battle.

We wonder how many of these people are hiding the fact that they secretly hope the verdict will be Death? We wonder how many really don’t care whether she gets Life or Death?

 

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Drag the Victim Through the Mud … blat blat blat

“In this phase of the court process Jodi Arias is required to present mitigating factors that may lead a jury to have sympathy for her and decide on life in prison, rather than the death penalty. Instead, the Jodi Arias defense team has decided to drag the victim through the mud with one abuse story after another in their efforts to paint Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, according to Christian Today earlier this week.”

Wrong!

That is Not what the Christian Today article said. The article did not say “drag the victim through the mud with one abuse story after another” nor did it say “their efforts to paint Jodi Arias as an abuse victim”.

To the great credit of Christian Today, their report was much more objective than that. They stated the facts, and they let the reader decide – you know, the old-fashioned way.

The only true citing from Christian Today, other than a quote by Jen Wood of the Trial Diaries, was this:

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Christian Today reports that the trial wrapped before the holidays with testimony from a Dr. Geffner.”

Chritine Beswick, these are YOUR words:

Defense Attempts and Allegations

“As we previously reported Dr. Geffner was trying to paint the picture of Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, in an attempt to use alleged “abuse” as a mitigating factor. What this means is the defense is trying to say, Travis abused Jodi and so she should get off for this killing.”

They aren’t attempting – they already did it in the first penalty phase. They aren’t alleging anything either.

Is Christine Beswick citing an article from Christian Today because they are an authority on the Jodi Arias trial? Or, is she citing the article on Christian Today merely because it has the word “Christian” in it?

‘We report, –  You decide.’

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Beswick citing Christian Today

That in-depth Christian Today article she cited was a whopping 333 words. Another Christian Today article about the Jodi Arias trial (354 words) was headlined under “entertainment”. This is what it said:

“Last week, the lawyers working on the case started questioning 400 possible jurors in Phoenix’s Maricopa County Superior Court. After the first cut, the number was trimmed down to 176.  Wednesday’s trial resulted to further trimmings, which ended up with 26 people returning for further questioning.

The residents from the area, on the other hand, are not happy with how slow things are shaping up for the trial.  A former Mesa police investigator expressed his strong opinion in an interview posted at the Arizona Central.

He said, “YES! I’m sick and tired of the Jodi Arias murder case. Murders happen almost every day in Arizona. Sadly, murder is no big deal. While most murder cases and trials are handled quietly and with the dignity of brain surgery, the Arias trial has taken on the theatrics of a well-rehearsed circus show, thanks to Maricopa County prosecutor Juan Martinez, defendant Arias and the media.”

That’s what Christian Today reported. They also reported this:

“The prolonged trial to sentence Jodi Arias is also putting a hole in the pockets of Arizona taxpayers. At this point, the defense costs already reached $2.5 million. This is not the final numbers, however, since the tab will continue to grow while the second phase for penalty hearing is still ongoing.

The amount paid for the prosecutors were undisclosed.”

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jodi.arias.trial.update.as.jury.selection.continues.local.residents.complain.about.slow.legal.process/41657.htm

Looking again at a Beswickism:

“As we previously reported Dr. Geffner was trying to paint the picture of Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, in an attempt to use alleged “abuse” as a mitigating factor. What this means is the defense is trying to say, Travis abused Jodi and so she should get off for this killing.”

Wrong!

How is getting a sentence of Life in prison with no possibility of parole “getting off”? It’s a perfectly appropriate punishment for 1st degree murder. In fact, with no prior police record, LWOP is quite a harsh punishment.

Mitigation Evidence

“Due to an overwhelming lack of evidence, most court watchers aren’t buying it. They are saying, “We’re still waiting to see a mitigating factor. And evidence, please.”

The last two days of the Jodi Arias trial before the holiday season included Jodi using Dr. Geffner to tell about how often she perceived herself to be a victim in her life.”

Wrong!

In the last Penalty Phase trial, there were 8 mitigating factors presented by the defense

1. Ms. Arias has no prior criminal history.
2. Ms. Arias was just 27 years old when she committed her offense.
3. Ms. Arias is remorseful for her conduct,
4. Ms- Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse as a child.
5. Ms. Arias suffered both physical and emotional abuse during her relationship with Mr. Alexander.
6. The abusive nature of the relationship caused Ms. Arias to suffer extreme emotional stress at the time of the incident.
7. Ms. Arias has been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
8. Ms. Arias has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder.
9. Ms. Arias’ psychological makeup impaired her ability to cope with the tumultuous relationship she had with Mr. Alexander.

The evidence and testimony currently being presented is covering number 4, number 5, number 6, number 7, number 8, and number 9. It’s actually quite efficient in covering a large part of six listed mitigators.  Numbers 1, 2,  and 3 will be covered later.

Here is one prosecution supporter’s very humorous response to the mitigators, thought it’s full of a heapin’ helpin’ of lies. And a prosecution supporter just asked the other day “Why do they call (some of) us “Haters”? Maybe this is why:

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I guess this commenter on Facebook is called “Ugly Stick” because he/she feels Jodi Arias got hit too many times with the ugly stick by the Creator of the Universe:

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UGLY STICK

OK LETS START WITH MITIGATING FACTORS SHALL WE?

PARASITE AGE: ( if parasite is old enough to brutally, savagely murder a really good guy in cold blood in a fit of jealous creepy girl stalker rage, by stabbing him 29 times, 9 to back and head, shot to head then after OVER KILL, has the ABILITY to cut an innocent mans head off, then she is old enough to DIE by the good Doc Dr Needle Juice ).

NO CRIMINAL HISTORY: ( with exception of slashing tires, stalking, threatening TA ex-girlfriends, hacking private information in secrecy, attempted black mail, forging documents and fake letters, breaking and entering without authorization multiple times by means of a DOGGY DOOR, etc… )

PARASITE WAS A GOOD FRIEND: ( such a good friend she will stab you in the back, too much of a coward to face you, cant look you in the eye as she pounds a REAL friggen knife in you back ).

LACKED SUPPORT FROM FAMILY: ( her family financially supported her by giving her money to make her go away and shut TFU, parasite refused any other reality, but her own creepy alternate world… parents first instinct told them she did it, what does that tell you ).

SUFFERED NEGLECT AND ABUSE: ( a wooden spoon is not a knife or a gun, and having to live by rules that can not be followed is not abuse it is a selfish immature child who has to go to bed at 8 and not allowed to color on walls ).

TRIED TO MAKE THE BEST OF HER LIFE: ( dropping out of high school to be a menace to society, mooching and hopping from host to host, ( man to man ) *PARASITE* No real ambition or desire to be more than a “GOLD DIGGER* or *TROPHY WIFE* ).

TRIED TO IMPROVE SELF: ( One does not improve themselves with breast implants and hair color and becoming whatever religion her target host is ).

PARASITE IS A TALENTED ARTIST: ( images traced from various magazine does not make art, it makes you look stupid and a fraud…another criminal act. )

http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014/11/14/jodi-arias-death-penalty-retrial-day-11-photos

see comments section.

 

Christine Beswick, Relationshipd Reporter for the Toronto Examiner.com
Christine Beswick, Relationshipd Reporter for the Toronto Examiner.com

Crime Comparison

This is what USA Today had to say about a comparison between the Arias crime, and other murders in Maricopa County:

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Cristanos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio

“On the same day Arias was convicted, Crisantos Moroyoqui-Yocupicio pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, and a Maricopa County Superior Court judge sentenced him to 14 years in prison. In 2010, Moroyoqui-Yocupicio, a reputed member of a Mexican drug cartel, ­murdered an associate who had stolen from him, and then cut his head off.”

Cut his head OFF, –  for real.

 

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Ray George and a sketch of the murdered woman……
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….. Who turned out to be his girlfriend, Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai

“A month later, Douglas Ray George beat and stabbed his girlfriend to death and left her naked body in the street in Tempe. He also was allowed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison. Prosecutors said it was uncertain whether the crime was premeditated.”

“A passer-by found the body of Annovedwin Begay-Barakzai, 23, on June 15 An autopsy determined she died from blunt force trauma, and authorities said she had broken ribs, a lacerated liver and numerous stab wounds to her face and chest.”

http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/central-phoenix/douglas-ray-george-pleads-guilty-in-girlfriends-murder

When he switched from a blunt object to a knife, that wasn’t premeditation?

See what we mean by biblical law double standard? A man in Arizona can do whatever he wants to a woman, but a woman dare not try to assault or kill a man for any reason.

“There was no plea offer for Arias; she went to trial and was convicted of first-degree murder.

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Aileen Wuornos, admitted “human–hater”, who killed 7 men in cold blood, and told her jury “May your wife and children get raped, right in the a**”

The death penalty is supposed to be reserved as punishment for the worst of the worst murders, and the Arias ­murder was certainly horrible. But so were the murders committed by ­Moroyoqui-Yocupicio and George.

Who decides which murders are the worst of the worst?

Prosecutors.”

“But it is almost impossible to draw a bright line between murders that should be punished by death and those that should not. So the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1976, approved a “narrowing” system ­using statutory “aggravating factors” to distinguish the extraordinary murders from those that are merely ordinary.

Those factors include killing children or police officers, committing multiple murders or killing for pecuniary, that is, monetary, gain. But since the 1976 ruling, the number of aggravators (in Arizona) has risen from 6 to 14, leaving defense attorneys to complain that every murder qualifies for death.

Prosecutors decide which to pursue”.

“The only narrowing function is ­prosecutorial discretion,” defense ­attorney Eric Crocker said. “You’re at the whim of the prosecutor’s office to ­determine which cases are capital and which are not.”

 http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/arias-sentencing-retrial-death-penalty/17652153/

 

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The truth is that somebody made a phone call and made sure that this was to be a death penalty case and that Juan Martinez would be the lead prosecutor.

They made sure that Jodi Arias would be given a “Code Red” Maricopa, Arizona style.

 

Abuse Survivors vs. Jodi Arias

“Using primarily information from Jodi’s own diary, Geffner testified repeatedly that Jodi perceived herself to be a victim against the alleged big, bad murder victim who is unable to speak for himself. Jodi Arias needs to be careful with this strategy because she has already ticked off many abuse survivors in this particular crowd of high profile trial watchers. Most abuse survivors have a funny “radar” for each other, and can spot a fake a mile away.”

battered womanFundamentally Wrong!

This is not about abuse survival. According to her defense, Jodi Arias is a survivor of a sudden, violent conflict. This conflict was brought on by a cyclical abusive relationship. This is not a battered woman’s defense. Arias has never claimed to be a battered woman, or to have battered woman’s syndrome. Alyce LaViolette claimed that, but she meant it in that this relationship fit that pattern – type, not that Arias has any battered woman’s syndrome.

She did claim that a relationship characterized by dominance, emotional, and verbal abuse, began to turn into physical abuse by the time Jodi moved 1,000 miles away and back to Yreka, California. She claims that that violence began again in Alexander’s home in Mesa on June 4th , 2008, beginning to escalate in the afternoon and culminating with a deadly attack in the bathroom.

Out of the 8 mitigating circumstances presented by the defense in the first penalty phase, the most important mitigator, according to the 4 jury members who voted for life in the first penalty phase, was the feeling that Jodi Arias had been abused both before she met Travis Alexander and during her relationship with him.

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Jodi, Jack, and Darryl enjoy a birthday party together

Look at what Darryl Brewer had to say about her and what Travis Alexander had to say about her. He said she was always honest and cheerul. Do the math. It had to be either abuse or mental illness or a combination of the two.

Both are mitigators from the Death Penalty.

The entries in Jodi Arias’ diary do in fact provide evidence of abuse. This evidence was not refuted when Alyce LaViolette testified, although she was attacked personally. This is evidence as testified to by Dr. Fonseca and Dr. Geffner. They are corroborated by e-mails, messages, and texts between Travis Alexander and friends, and the testimony of friends of Travis.

This evidence cannot easily be refuted. She was abused, no doubt.

Within months of meeting her, Alexander was calling Arias a “skank” and “a pathological liar”. Yet more than a year and a half later, he is still suggesting sexual scenarios for the future and having both phone sex and in-person sex with her while still denigrating her to his friends.

 

No Accountability, No Remorse, Manipulator

“Again, Jodi needs to be very careful about this approach because nobody sides with the defendant who never takes accountability, never shows remorse, always manipulates, and has a long history of not telling the truth. Not only that, but juries are instructed to make decisions based on evidence.”

Wrong!

Evidence is being presented by the defense. It’s real and it’s evidence. Jodi Arias has taken accountability for her actions during this trial. Jodi Arias does NOT have a long history of not telling the truth. It was only after the killing that she has a such a history. No evidence to the contrary has been presented.

When Bill Arias said in the police interrogation that Jodi had not been honest with her parents since age 14 or so, what he meant was that she no longer confided in them. She was evasive as to the details of her life after moving out of the home, but this does not mean she lied to them. The fact is she didn’t tell them anything unless absolutely necessary.

 

Biased Expert Testimony

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“Expert witness testimony does count as evidence… Most juries understand that expert witnesses are biased, for the defense and for the prosecution as well.”

I agree, but when the experts present objective evidence that can’t easily be disputed, on either side, the jury is likely to accept it.

 

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Jury’s Perception is What Matters

“What matters at this point for Jodi Arias isn’t even what is or isn’t the truth. It’s what the jury believes. How is the jury perceiving all of this drama? If even one of them is perceiving it the same way the general public appears to be, Jodi is in trouble.”

Agree, however Juan needs 12 out of 12 jurors to get his death sentence.

 

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Jodi is a Narcissist per DSM V

“Jodi’s been accused of being a narcissist several times. And the funny thing about narcissists is that people always see through them very quickly, but the DSM 5 tells us that they are so oblivious to that because they lack insight beyond their inflated sense of Self. Jodi thinks she’s fooling people. Her supporters are fooled. Supporters for the prosecution call that ‘drinking the Kool Aid'”.

Plain Wrong!

narcissism2Jodi had never been diagnosed as a Narcissist, which means that she is not a narcissist, doesn’t  it?. Please give specific examples of where Jodi Arias is easy to see through. I would agree that Jodi Arias is sometimes oblivious to seeing how she is viewed by others, and she does lack insight. For example, after she gives the “Ninjas” explanation for the murder, even though Detective Flores told her that her story is impossible and unbelievable, she stuck with it and even enhanced it.

 

Congratulations to “Cate”

I will say that “Cate” has given many very specific incidences of Arias’ testimony and journal entries she feels should not be believed. Her arguments are persuasive, and I give her a lot of credit for her arguments. Cate knows that she must provide specific examples to make a convincing argument, how is it that Beswick, a “life and relationships advice” reporter, does not feel the need to provide an example?

 

Jodi has Fooled her Supporters

Strong Wrong!

Jodi’s supporters are not fooled by her. They are in a better position to judge her than non-supporters because they have been communicating with her and they generally know more about her and her positive qualities, which are just flat out ignored by prosecution supporters.

“And her lack of evidence is going to strongly work against her and lead her jury into waffling territory. This is dangerous because waffling territory which plants the seeds of reasonable doubt.”

Way Wrong!

“Reasonable doubt only applies to a burden of proof “beyond a reasonable doubt”. In the penalty phase, the defense only has to prove that the mitigating factors are more true than untrue. Only 51% proof is needed, and this is called a burden of proof “by the preponderance of the evidence”. There is no place for reasonable doubt here. A mitigating factor is either more true than not true, or it’s not.

“You will notice every lie or as Jodi likes to call them, abuse story, is more dramatic than the last. As the DSM 5 shows, that’s an elevation technique narcissists use, especially when they meet with resistance. It is the classic, “Oh ok, you didn’t buy that story? You will have to believe this one, because it’s even more terrible.” The narcissistic defense.”

Do you have any specific examples? You are a reporter, aren’t you? Or are you just telling people what you want them to believe, without providing anything to back it up?

There is NOTHING in the DSM V relating to an “elevation technique” due to “resistance” or anything else.

 

Zero Boundary Defense

“It’s the, “let’s toss out as many of these dramatic stories as we can and see how much we can make stick” defense. She has zero boundaries and will literally stop at nothing to avoid the death penalty. And, since she is too afraid to testify, she gets her expert witnesses to do the job for her. From Travis was a pedophile, to “oh great now I’m getting death threats” nothing is off the table in Jodi’s quest to delay the inevitable.”

Wrong!

If Jodi is getting death threats, as she had alleged, this will be easy to prove or disprove, as the jail has a copy on file of every postcard sent to her and a recording on file of every phone call she has made. Dr, Fonseca believes that Travis did have a sexual interest in underage children. Why would she dare say this if she didn’t really believe it given the evidence she researched?

For the millionth time, it seems, Jodi does not want to “delay the inevitable”. She cannot start her appeals process until after she’s sentenced. I’m very sure she’s eager to get to Perryville prison, where there are better food and conditions (according to the prisoners themselves), so she can begin her series of appeals.

How many boundaries would you have in trying to save your life?

 

Days Of Our Lives

Citing Jeff Gold About the Defense

“It was two very long days of testimony that left many still wondering where the mitigating factors were. As lawyer and expert legal analyst, Jeff Gold from the Gold Patrol tweeted,”

“#JodiArias diary ugh! These are the days of our lives. The court has allowed the defense to go way too far afield of mitigation. #justsayin.”

We have already demonstrated that Jeff Gold is an idiot, a sentiment not only of many Jodi supporters. He is desperate to connect with people under age 60, but he has no idea what these “youngsters” are interested in. He tried to do tweets about such things as a 1970’s soap opera and Britney Spears, not realizing that no has been interested in such things for decades. Just sayin’. LoL.

Wrong!

The reason why he is wrong is because the prosecution disputed that there was any evidence at all of abuse written in Jodi Arias’ journals. The prosecution used Arias’ journals to try and show there was no abuse. The prosecution tried to deny the evidence given by Alyce LaViolette by attacking her character and her qualifications, rather than attacking the evidence she presented.

Therefore the defense should be given lots of latitude by the court to show how the journal entries back up Ms. Arias’ claims of abuse.

 

Citing Jenn Wood

“The defense was hoping this would establish a pattern of abuse, but what it appeared to establish was the pattern of an obsessed girlfriend. As Jenn Wood from the Trial Diaries reported,”

“Day in out #jodiarias eats, sleeps, breathes Travis. Journaling, calling, emailing, and texting.”

I would agree with Jenn in that Jodi Arias was way too infatuated and obsessed with Travis Alexander.

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Jodi Arias and Jen Wood. Any similarities?
Jodi Arias and Jen Wood. Any similarities?

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Jodi Admitted to Slashing the Tires?

“In addition to stories told to make Travis look manipulative, the jury also heard that Jodi Arias did admit in her own journal that she slashed the tires of Travis Alexander at one point in 2007.

We also heard that Jodi owned a stun gun at one point, which may once again work to negate that she was in an abusive relationship.”

Wrong! Maybe Travis looks manipulative, because he was manipulative? Jodi Arias never admitted that she slashed Travis Alexnder’s tires. How, pray tell, would owning a stun gun negate an abusive relationship?

Citing Jeff Gold, Again

“As Jeff Gold tweeted,”

“#JodiArias court allows defense so far into the weeds you lose site of any view. It’s a DP mitigation case. This minutia can be abbreviated.”

I agree with Jeff here, this may be to Arias’ detriment as her too long testimony in the guilt phase worked against her.

 

No Accountability

“It came up that Jodi hadn’t bothered to mention to her diary the fact that Travis had slapped her allegedly. Geffner says this is “understandable.” Christian Today reports that one message that was read in court that was written by Jodi Arias to Travis Alexander read,”

“I’m very sorry for all the pain we’ve caused each other. Most of it is my fault. I never meant to hurt you.”

Isn’t this an exact demonstration of Arias taking responsibility for her actions that you stated earlier were non-existent?

 

Journals Were Doctored by Arias

“Many reports are showing suspicion around these journals and many are speculating that some of the journals shown in court were written by Jodi Arias after the crime. Jenn Wood from Trial Diaries told KPHO what she thought the defense was doing with these tactics.”

Journal entries were written in after the killing? Prove it! How in the world would she know that her journal entries would become evidence? If she really did this she could have put a lot more damning stuff into the entries.

“They are trying to get compassion for Jodi….What they are trying to do is translate this to the jury, that Jodi is a victim of Travis Alexander….”

Exactly. And isn’t that what actually happened?

 

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Dr. Geffner Is just Dr. Fonseca 2.0

“By the end of Days 19 and 20 of the retrial of the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial it was clear that Dr. Geffner testimony was simply a “2.0” version of previous expert witness for the defense Dr. Fonseca. Like Dr. Fonseca he worked very hard to paint the picture of Jodi Arias as an abuse victim, and the word “manipulated” came up a lot in his testimony.”

Maybe that was the defenses intention. You can discredit a witness and attack them personally, but it’s much harder to attack two witnesses saying the same thing. Now you must attack the evidence they provided and that’s not easily done. It’s an excellent strategy if it was in fact their strategy.

 

Abuse Victims Don’t Kill Due To Manipulation

“What Dr. Geffner, domestic violence expert, does not want to say about Jodi Arias is that, abuse survivors don’t act like that. Even abuse victims don’t kill because they feel manipulated. They only kill when they are in true survival mode.

Jodi is trying to say she was in survival mode the entire time she was in a relationship with Travis Alexander, and there simply is no evidence to date to support that notion. This is a mentality she is trying to convey that is seriously ticking off abuse survivors. This is how the last week ended before breaking for the holidays. “

Right! Either she was in survival mode and fought for her life or she just snapped even if it was days before the killing. There are no other reasonable explanations that I can see. No one has claimed that Jodi Arias was in survival mode the entire time she was in (the) relationship. Just you’re claiming that, Beswick.

 

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Jodi Will Go To Perryville Prison

“Regardless of what verdict is reached, when the verdict is delivered Jodi Arias will be transferred to Perryville Prison to carry out her sentence. “

Right! Who is not in agreement with that?

 

Demonstrators Protest Against AZ Sheriff Arpaio During His Visit To CA

Kindness and Benevolence of Sheriff Joe

“We do not know if Sherriff Joe Arpaio will be hosting another talent competition this holiday season, but we do know he is allowing free video visitation as a special treat to inmates over Christmas.

KTAR reported on Dec. 23 that inmates in Maricopa County, including Jodi Arias, will be able to have a free video visit with family members over the holiday season. Generally the video visitation costs $13, but Sherriff Arpaio is providing it free to all inmates this holiday. KTAR reports that Sherriff Joe said,

“It’s very very good to be able to let the loved ones – whether it’s in Mexico or anywhere else that cannot come to the jail – to be at least able to utilize this video equipment.”

Video visitation will last 20 minutes each and must be registered for online. What do you think the chances are that a group of Jodi supporters will try and get in on this one? Will the next step for Jodi Arias be a leaked jailhouse video?

Dead Wrong!

This is all a very nice tribute to that cuddly teddy Bear or Santa of a benevolent jail keeper, Sheriff Joe. But this is the most distasteful thing in the Christine Beswick’s Examiner.com “article”. Can anyone refute that Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio is a Monster? I don’t think you can.

We urge you to take a look at some real, factual reporting:

https://spotlightonlaw.wordpress.com/stranger-than-fiction-the-real-sheriff-joe-feb-20/

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The Video visitation scheme, actually replaces face to face visitation in Sheriff Joe’s jails, meaning that even if you can travel to the jail, you cannot have a face to face visit with a prisoner any longer, only a video visit. Keep in mind that most of the inmates have merely been charged with a crime and have not yet had their day in court.

If you are familiar with Skype and other video conferencing software, you know that this software is virtually free and only requires a computers or smartphone to enable a video chat.

The system in the Maricopa jails works well for jailers because they can record and store each and every video-chat. Prisoners are charged almost $13.00 (65 cents/minute) for a twenty minute “video visit”.

Now, for Christmas, Sheriff Joe is “allowing the privilege of a free video visit for each qualifying prisoner in his jails”. How benevolent of him! Actually it’s entirely self-serving.

Many families who have not yet done a video visit can try one for free. Then they will be much more used to the technology and all set up for future PAID video visits. Though it’s nice that people can visit from a great distance, this scheme is a giant cash cow. The Sheriff gets 20% of all monies generated from video visits as pure profit. They also save money from all the manpower and logistics required to have actual face to face visitation. You do the math.

 

Juan’s Wondrous Motion

“Trial Diaries has reported that a motion was filed dated Dec. 22 with the Maricopa County Superior Court on the case of the State of Arizona vs. Jodi Arias.

In that motion, prosecutor for the State Juan Martinez objects to, well, just about everything the defense has done as of late. Specifically Martinez is objecting to the recent motion filed by the defendant seeking to dismiss the death penalty. So, at the start of this case, Juan filed a motion to seek the death penalty.”

The motion to dismiss the charges or to dismiss the death penalty demands a response by the prosecution. Of course, he filed a motion in response to the defense motion. Ch – Ch – Ch Chia!

 

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Strenuous Objection

“Juan’s motion is a strenuous objection to that. He basically said in his motion, they are claiming misconduct but have failed to show evidence, as usual, thus, no misconduct. In closing he makes sure that the last thing he says about Jodi Arias before the holiday break is, she’s a liar.”

Juan’s response is always “She’s a liar”. However, you do not get sentenced to death for being a liar. Lying is not a capital offense. You need something more substantial than that. Strenuous objection? Remember how far that got Demi Moore’s character in “A Few Good men”?

“The State objects to defendant’s latest request to ‘dismiss all charges with prejudice’ or dismiss the State’s notice of intent to seek death penalty due to recently discovered prosecutorial misconduct. Defendant continues to make unsupported allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and her current request should also be denied.”

Wrong!

The many instances of prosecutorial misconduct are really adding up. Juan Martinez’past misconduct may be finally catching up with him. Chickens finally coming home to roost? Ch – Ch – Ch – Chia!

 

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Jodi Supporters Drink the Kool Aid

“Meanwhile, a cursory glance around the Internet would reveal that Jodi supporters, whether they are or are not drinking “the Kool Aid” truly believe she was abused. Some also are living in a universe that has led them to believe she will need a job when she gets out of prison. Those that are not drinking “the Kool Aid” know that Jodi is a convicted murderer whose best case scenario in this lifetime is life in prison.”

Thank-You, Christine, for noting that NOT ALL Jodi supporters are drinking the Kool Aid.

 

Arias Best Case Scenario

Right!

Okay, this is the faction of Jodi supporters I like to call the “Rainbows, Flowers and Unicorns” division of Jodi supporters. They believe she will be set free any day now. Not gonna happen.

Judge Stephens will never dismiss the charges, she would be tarred, feathered and run out of the state if she did that. The Supreme Court of Arizona will not dismiss the charges, they will bump it up to a higher court and let them take the heat. Jodi Arias will not go free.

 

Jodi Arias will go to Perryville Prison.

Realistically, the best case scenario for Jodi Arias and supporters is that she be awarded a retrial. This possibility is more likely than many prosecution supporters dare to believe.

https://spotlightonlaw.wordpress.com/why-jodi-arias-must-get-and-will-have-a-new-trial/

 

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Arias Supporters Are Delusional

“And this group of people calls those that support Travis Alexander “delusional.” Another post about the future of Jodi Arias shows that some people still believe she is getting out of jail sometime, and soon.”

Aren’t many Travis Alexander supporters delusional? What is it they are fighting for? Justice has already been served in this case. Jodi Arias has been unanimously convicted of Murder in the first degree. She will either get life or death, and she will go to Perryville Prison. So what fight is left for them to have? For those who demand death, good luck to you, it’s highly doubtful she will be sentenced to death.

 

Gossip Is Not Gospel

On top of that, there is a cornucopia of evidence to suggest that facts in this case are not as advertised by Juan Martinez, Media, Minions, or a life and relationship reporter from Toronto.

Even if Christine Beswick did make medical history!

 

The CODE RED

Did Juan Martinez order a “CODE RED” on Jodi Arias?

You’re God Damn Right He Did!

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Sources:

http://www.examiner.com/article/jodi-arias-will-get-a-video-call-for-christmas-jail-juan-martinez-fights-bac

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/10/21/arias-sentencing-retrial-death-penalty/17652153/

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jodi.arias.trial.update.as.jury.selection.continues.local.residents.complain.about.slow.legal.process/41657.htm

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/jodi.arias.trial.defense.team.retells.arias.alleged.mental.illness.day.20/44734.htm#ixzz3NCZBKXXJ

http://www.hlntv.com/slideshow/2014/11/14/jodi-arias-death-penalty-retrial-day-11-photos

see comments section.

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DSM V The personality Disorders.

Horn, Corn, and a Truckload of Porn

Horn, Corn, and a Truck Load of Porn: Update on the Arias Penalty Retrial (Dec. 20)

Fact-based reporting

by Rob Roman

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Bringing you up to date on the epic battle … the interminable saga … the perpetually stalling Arias penalty retrial. If you’re anything like me, you have been sidetracked, distracted, busy, bored or befuddled by what’s going on in the Jodi Arias penalty phase re-trial, but you want to know what’s gone down and what’s likely to happen next. There’s been plenty of talk about this being a nightmare, a perpetual trial, and an interminable saga. So far, the trial is actually right on schedule and, as we predicted, it would last 3 months AND we said it would go into 2015.

The penalty phase retrial has gone 25 days so far, that’s 9 days for the prosecution and 16 days for the defense … so far. The retrial began on October 21st, and there’s no end in sight, as there are multiple issues to deal with and the defense has 14 potential witnesses.

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Prosecutor Juan Martinez, ever the sit-in-the–front-row teacher’s favorite student, presented his case for why Jodi Arias should be executed with cold efficiency in just 9 days, schnip – schnap. First up was Mesa Detective Michael Melendez, the guy with the New Yawk accent who discovered the deleted photos in Travis Alexander’s camera (a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H9).

All the recovered photos were shown, and Detective Melendez explained how Jodi Arias needed to use 5 steps to delete each photo. The implication there being that Arias was not in an altered state of mind and was not in a fog with her memory seriously impaired. She calmly and coolly took hundreds of steps to delete all the photos. What was not explained is that just 5 steps can delete ALL the photos taken that day, according to the instruction manual, something an experienced photographer like Arias could do in her sleep.

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Melendez, not to be confused with Mendes, you racist you, showed the jury the naked and racy photos of Arias and Alexander, the shower photos, the foot photo with a bloody Alexander, and the mystery final photo.

Next up was Detective Esteban “Steve” Flores, who inexplicably is no longer doing active investigations, but has now become a “Media Relations Officer for the Mesa Police Department”. Detective Flores was the main conduit of all the testimony related to the day Travis’ body was found, the crime scene descriptions, and the investigation of the crime up to and including the interrogation of Jodi Arias. The bloody and gruesome crime scene photos were shown to the jury.

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Dr. Kevin Horn a.k.a. “Super Creepy Rob Lowe”

Dr. Kevin Horn was the next witness up. Horn went over the autopsy findings, describing all the wounds, with many autopsy photos being shown. Dr. Horn again stated his opinion that the gunshot was last and probably post-mortem, in direct contradiction to Arias’ explanation of events. At one point on re-direct, prosecutor Juan Martinez suddenly approached Horn and feigned stabbing him with his pen, stating “that didn’t take long, did it?”. Apparently he wanted to demonstrate that all the stabbings could have happened in seconds. We agree.

After that was Nathan Mendes – the Former Detective, from the Siskiyou County California Sheriff’s Office, who set up surveillance on Arias in Yreka and arrested her, and he was present when the famous mug shot was taken. Detective Mendes testified that Arias asked him how her hair looked before being photographed.

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You will recall that Arias asked if she could take her make-up with her when she was arrested in Yreka at her Grandparent’s home where she was living. She could not. Also she had a rental car packed for travel with 2 knives in her luggage and a 9 mm gun taped to the bottom of the seat that was not found until much later. Mendes also testified that he found receipts in the home from the California to Arizona to Utah trip. None of the receipts were from Arizona and none were from June 4th.

On cross exam, the Defense attacked both Doctor Horn and ex-Detective Flores about the change in the order of injuries as Flores was claiming the gunshot was first early on to numerous media outlets and in pre-trial hearings. Flores also stated that it was Dr. Horn who provided that information to him, but Dr. Horn denied any knowledge of having told that to Detective Flores. Nurmi also suggested it was possible that this murder was not especially cruel, the factor that opened the door to the death penalty in the first place.

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The State then called Kevin Friedman, a former Yreka police officer who investigated the theft of the gun and other items taken from Arias’ grandparent’s home on May 28th, just 7 days before the killing. Walmart loss prevention specialist Amanda Webb then made her way back on the stand to testify that Arias had purchased a 5 galllon blue kerosene gas can, but there were no records found that one had been returned, as Arias claimed.

A notable feature of the cross examinations by defense lead Kirk Nurmi, besides all the weight he’s lost and his now full head of hair, is that he has been said to be imitiating Juan Martinez. Nurmi was reported to have slammed down a binder of Walmart records during the cross of Webb, and to have asked Detective Flores if he had any memory problems. We have previously reported that this is not imitation, that sincerest form of flattery, but this is tactics. This is Nurmi using different tactics because the penalty trial is a different situation, calling for a different approach.

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There were 5 days of Flores on the stand altogether, going over the now famous interrogation tapes and the sex tape was played in its entirety. Topping off the prosecution case were the allocutions of Travis’ younger brother Steven Alexander, and his younger sister, Tanisha Sorenson. These were heartfelt pleas to the jury and first-person memorials about the life of Travis Alexander.

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“Steven Alexander described nightmares, ulcers and constant trauma from losing his brother, including locking the doors when he showers. Tanisha Sorenson called it a “living hell.”

“When I lay down at night, all I can think about is my brother’s murder,” Steven Alexander said as other family members could be heard crying in the gallery.”

http://ktar.com/22/1778950/Travis-Alexanders-siblings-give-emotional-statements-at-Jodi-Arias-penalty-retrial

The trial ended on the 18th of December and this was the date scheduled to have been the very end of the trial. The trial is now on hold for the Holidays until January 5th. The trial began to get messy even before the defense took the helm, and it has only gotten messier.

Mess number one – The jury

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After the prosecution’s concise presentation, things got messy quick.  Messy, messy, messy. First of all, one juror was dismissed on the opening day of the trial for a family emergency. A second juror was dismissed on the 2nd day of trial after she sought out legal reporter Beth Karas and asked her if she was Nancy Grace. Actually, the Judge should have left her in if she couldn’t tell the difference between Beth and Nancy.

“The first was let go Tuesday because of family problems. The second was dismissed Wednesday after she asked a freelance TV journalist if she was CNN superstar Nancy Grace, who has been a vocal crusader against Arias.”

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2014/10/01/prospective-jurors-vent-arias/16570903/

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A third juror was dismissed the day after Thanksgiving, as she was stopped for DUI, then it was discovered that there was a warrant on her for passing bad checks. This leaves only 3 alternate jurors to go before the threat of a mistrial if they end up with under the statutory number of 12. Yes, the lady with the multi-colored hair and a few other jurors from the guilt phase volunteered to comeback and serve (just kidding) – although she and others have been spotted in the courtroom.

Mess number two – The family Flores and the Mitigation Specialist

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Media Representative Flores’ wife and daughter have been significantly involved in the Justice 4 Travis campaign. Daughter Angela is on Youtube singing a memorial song for Travis (She has a very nice voice, too) and Mrs. Corinna Flores is said to have been on Twitter under the handle “I’m boss that way” tweeting about the case and reportedly leaking confidential information from closed meetings in the Judges’ chambers. This had been disputed. None of these things would be seen as unseemly if the trial were concluded, but as we know, the trial has not nearly concluded.

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“I’m Boss that way”

Mitigation Specialist Maria De La Rosa, whom I like and have communicated with, is reported to also have gotten too personally involved in the case. She has been tweeting about the case under the Twitter handle of “Cougarluscious”, and has been getting involved with Arias supporters. This is a little harder to discern on the basis of wrongdoing, because part of her job as mitigation specialist IS to ferret out any and all evidence in support of sparing Ms. Arias’ life and this would seemingly include communicating with supporters.

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Ms. De La Rosa was also stopped at the Estrella jail, and an envelope full of legal documents Arias gave her was searched, revealing an Arias art drawing, now identified as “The Pinwheel”. Stupidly, the County Sheriff’s office, or MSCO, tried to ban Maria from the jail, which would have certainly caused an appeal issue – not allowing the mitigation specialist access to the defendant / convict. They soon thought better of that, though. This lead to our speculation that the County wants to fire Ms. De La Rosa, but must wait until the end of the trial in order to not cause an appeal issue – leaving the Defendant / convict without a mitigation specialist would be in violation of Arizona statutes for a capital trial.

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The famous Pinwheel. Maria De La Rosa got searched, Jodi Arias got a write-up

Mess number three – Sheriff Joe and the false Arias motion

You may remember that between the guilt phase and the penalty retrial, a motion was made by Jodi Arias asking for a restraining order to be placed on Sheriff Joe Arpaio and crime entertainer Nancy Grace. The idea was that Sheriff Joe was supplying Grace with information about Arias’ leaking breast implant and her hepatitis C condition.

This information and the motion were found to be hoaxes filed by a convict from New Jersey. The trouble was that Sheriff Joe had a press conference where he slammed Arias for her motion, even though it was easy to see that the signature was obviously not hers and the motion was made with materials that Arias obviously had no access to. The defense brought up the fact that anything said about Arias, no matter how pernicious, will be believed because the public is so poisoned against her by the media and this does not allow for a fair trial.

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Mess number four – the unsequestered jury

Famous trial lawyer, appellate attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has already sounded the alarm about how it is just about impossible for a very high profile defendant to get a fair trial with an unsequestered jury. This is because the atmosphere is just permeated with strong feelings one way or the other.  Juan Martinez’ boss, District Attorney Thomas Horne, is already on record worrying that the unsequestered jury will be an appeal issue. Nevertheless, Arizona Judge Sherry Stephens did not sequester the jury because ‘we have always not sequestered the jury in the past in Arizona’. Well, Arizona bars were always equipped with spittoons, too. Why aren’t they now? Did times change?

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Mess number five – The secret witness

The defense, after taking the reigns, stated that they had 3 witnesses who would refuse to testify unless the courtroom was closed to the media and the public. Judge Stephens heard the motion and affirmed it. The court was cleared and the secret witness testified. Rumors abounded that the secret witness was Jodi Arias herself. The media balked and appealed the decision to the Arizona Court of Appeals. It’s insane that the Judge would affirm a motion to have a witness who had never been shy of the media, both before, during, and after the trial to suddenly now be requesting to have the public and media cleared for her testimony. Why on earth would Judge Stephens allow such a motion?

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Even so, no one on the prosecution supporter side would give the Judge credit for possibly having some compelling reason for her ruling. Was it because Jodi Arias mentioned the other secret witnesses in her testimony? Wasn’t there some kind of accommodation the court could make without altogether clearing the courtroom? Prosecution supporters also do not want to blame the reason for this special  request on the people who harassed, intimidated, and attacked Arias’ witnesses during the guilt phase. These are the people threatening our system.

The Arizona Court of Appeals agreed with the media that the public has a 1st Amendment right to know what is going on, especially in a capital trial. The Court stayed the Judge’s ruling, and the defense will appeal that ruling, probably on January 5th. Will the other three witnesses, reportedly a long term boyfriend of Arias – Darryl Brewer, A co-worker of Arias’ – unknown, and a former friend of Travis Alexander’s – possibly New Zealander Marc McGee, formerly of Riverside, California, still expect to testify in secret?

Will they refuse to testify? Also under contention is the media’s request to have the transcripts of Arias’ testimony released. Will that be granted, even though the transcripts of all the other witnesses have not been released? Also, was the secret witness actually Jodi Arias? Most people close to the case are saying so. Maybe this matter was confused, because the Judge will refer to the defense as “Arias” in motions. But, people seem to be sure it was Jodi Arias herself who testified in secret.

Mess number six – The Porn

The defense vowed to fight the stay, but continued the trial by calling up Bryan Neumeister, the private computer, audio and video expert who often testifies for the prosecution. You may remember Neumeister as the guy in the guilt phase who testified that he enlarged the reflection in Travis’ left iris from the “Calvin Klein” shower photo and found it was Jodi Arias, with no weapon. Martinez seems to have a distaste for “science-types”.

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Neumeister resisted Juan Martinez’ combativeness, and he stated several times that he couldn’t understand the prosecutors’ questions because Juan had a very limited knowledge about computers. He also accused the prosecutor of lying. But the big thing is that Neumeister made a startling discovery. He said that when he checked the “clone” copy of Travis’ hard drive, he found thousands upon thousands of deleted porn files, supposedly including searches based on the word ”teens” and “tweens”. “Tween” is a word for children on the cusp of being teenagers. They aren’t quite teens, but they are no longer children in the strictest sense. They’re in be-tween. This is exactly the definition of a 12 year-old.

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Neumeister also intimated that child porn was among the deleted files. This was a bombshell in the case, because Detective Melendez testified in the guilt phase that not one shred of porn was found on Travis Alexander’s computer. Juan Martinez, as he has done in other cases, immediately began blaming Neumseister for somehow contaminating the hard drive copy with porn. Alternatively, he blamed 2 former Arias defense attorneys for turning on the original computer and thereby allowing built-in antivirus programs to eliminate all the porn on the computer.

This could not be possible, because the defense attorneys were always under the watchful eye of the police when they inspected the original computer. Detective Flores was in charge of the computer. It was also reported that an anti-virus program found on Alexander’s hard drive was a program that did not exist in 2008. The implication was that the Mesa Police had tried to remove all traces of porn found on Travis’ computer. Many prosecution supporters responded by saying ‘So what, that’s normal all guys have porn on their computer’.

That’s not the point. The point is that IF someone from the police removed the porn from Alexander’s computer, what else did they remove? What other evidence, possibly exculpatory, could they have hidden? Since former Detective Flores was close to the evidence, it was suggested that Flores was the one who removed the porn. In any case, this is another issue for appeal, and it’s a serious one.

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Is this a Beta cassette of Porn?

Martinez, by blaming the former defense counsel and Neumeister, was conceding that there was in fact porn on the computer, and that it was somehow ‘disappeared’.

That there was porn on Travis’ computer should surprise no one, given his references to porn and his sexual vocabulary in the sex tape, etc. which could only have come from a person exposed to porn. This issue, like many others in this case, is still awaiting further clarification and resolution, because most of the conversation about this matter was held in chambers and is not yet available to the public.

Mess number seven – Court reporters and Legal Experts

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As a substitute fro HLN broadcasting the trial live and endlessly giving slanted, biased, jesting and mean-spirited views, we now have reports, blogs, “spree-casts”, and Tweets from reporters and Legal commentators inside the courtroom.  Some of them, like Beth Karas, Michael Kiefer / Yihyun Jeong, and Monica Lindstrom, are reporters and/or legal experts with ethics, integrity, and a sense of objectivity. They realize this is a capital case, a serious affair where a defendant / convict may have her life taken by the State. Others, like Jeff Gold, Jen from the Trial Diaries, and Wild about Trial (a division of HLN), are playing to popularity and the lowest common denominator with little thought about ethics or fairness.

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We do note that Jeff Gold stated that this case should not have been a Death Penalty case. He must have taken some heat among his listeners for that.

“The first jury hung (no not that kind of hanging although I know many of you wish so.) Many states end it there. But AZ allows a second bite of the apple.
Moreover, the DP is usually reserved for murdering kids, cops, multiple persons, a particularly heinous murder (chop body up and eat it) or murderers with long records. This is just not a clear case for DP. “

Jeffrey Evan Gold – Court Chatter TV Legal Analyst

http://www.courtchatter.com/2014/09/jeff-gold-weighs-in-on-jodi-arias-on.html

Since then, we’ve heard only a few astute legal observations and almost nothing in any way positive said about the Defense or Arias. Often, his Tweets are rude comments, super-biased comments, comments with sexual innuendos, dumb jokes or self-promoting comments.

Gold often tweeted about “Hodi-Jodi”, with zero evidence that Arias was in any way a “Ho”. He knows his audience is 95% pro-prosecution and constantly plays to that audience with tweets about ‘how dare the defense put up a defense when their client is a sadistic, manipulative, maniacal murderer’? He also enjoys making a big joke out of the whole trial. Wild about Trial seems to be full of high school or college interns, a giggly gaggle constantly spewing corny jokes, many of them laced with 5th grade bathroom humor.

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Wild about Trial talking heads

Jen, from The Trial Diaries who reportedly had or is having an affair with the prosecutor, Juan Martinez, has acted basically as a cheerleader and sounding board for prosecution supporters. Jen couldn’t be counted on to give even a sliver of objective news about the defense or Arias. Nancy Grace and former HLN talking head Vinnie Politan also tried to get in on the act inviting brownie points from trial fanatics for throwing stones at Arias and her defense.

With this bunch of block-heads, it’s really hard to get an objective picture of what exactly is going on in that courtroom. Thankfully, a few of them do have integrity.

Mess number eight – The Death Penalty on the table.

Even some prosecution supporters are wondering if it would not be better if the State goes over Judge Stephens and Juan Martinez’ head and takes the Death Penalty off the table. This would effectively end the Arias trial, and the Judge would only decide on Life in prison with no chance of parole, or twenty five years to life in prison with an almost non-existent infinitesimal chance of parole.

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Along with a number of other motions to remove the death penalty awaiting a decision by the Judge, Nurmi and Willmott earlier filed their most epic motion yet, a 59 page motion to dismiss the death penalty. In it, they review all their charges of misconduct against the prosecution from the entire history of the case, in addition to new allegations from the post guilt trial and the penalty re-trial.

The motion to dismss the charges and the case also includes an alternate plea in the alternative, to remove the death penalty from the table. Here, court reporter and legal expert Monica Lindstrom explains why the death penalty realistically could be taken off the table possibly due to being under pressure from higher-ups and the people of Arizona:

http://ktar.com/305/1787926/Legally-Speaking-Dismissing-death-for-Jodi-Arias-could-be-a-reality

Non-secret Defense Witnesses

In place of Alyce LaViolette and Dr. Richard Samuels, Forensic Psychologist Dr. L.C. Miccio-Fonseca, and Psychologist Dr. Robert Geffner were called to the stand by the defense to interpret the relationship between Travis Alexander and Jodi Arias and Jodi Arias’ state of mind prior to, during, and after the killing. The defense stated earlier that there was good reason to believe that Alexander was shot by Arias in the shower, as it agrees with the evidence, whereas the prosecution’s assertion that he was stabbed first and then shot does not. Nurmi possibly said this because he was not allowed to bring up Arias’ claim of self-defense, since the jury rejected that theory in the guilt phase.

Dr. Fonseca examined the sexual relationship between Alexander and Arias and the dynamics of that relationship, coming up with the same basic conclusions as Alyce LaViolette. She even stated she believes Alexander did watch child porn. On cross examination, Juan Martinez tried to discredit Dr, Fonseca and her testimony.

Dr. Geffner, who was pilloried by trial watchers in the guilt phase, for having a coughing fit, burping loudly, and spilling a large container of water, was next on the stand. His job was to interpret psychological tests and diagnoses of Arias, and to explain other aspects such as Arias’ temperament, propensities toward violence or lack thereof, and her state of mind. Juan Martinez had begun his cross of Doctor Geffner, when the trial ended for the year.

More details of what was in the text and e-mail exchanges between Arias and Alexander were revealed. One interesting detail is that Jodi Arias claimed to own a stun gun in early 2008, and she apparently offered it to Alexander as protection from the person who was slashing his tires.

Reportedly, there were no spills, no mess.

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Nothing much can or will be done about the Corn going on regularly in this trial. The so-called legal reporters will continue their pandering and catering to the prosecution supporters, and acting like the entire trial is one big joke and an opportunity to try their hands at low-brow comedy and over-dramatic tweeting.

Maybe something can be done about Horn, in that he continues to be adamant that once Alexander was shot in the face, he would not be able to move or defend himself. This seems to be more and more unlikely and more and more contradictory to the evidence.

But something really needs to be done about the Porn, because police and/or prosecutors removing, hiding, or disappearing any evidence should never be tolerated by a court of law. Some remedy for this seeming violation should be offered. Appeal issues are piling up, leading me to make a remark on social media that this case has become a literal Chia Pet of ever-sprouting possible appeal issues. This holds true no matter what you believe about the verdict in the guilt phase of the trial.

More than this, the new claims of removing evidence seem to give even more credence to earlier claims about the 1st degree felony murder charge and the possible switcheroo of the order of injuries by former Detective Flores and Dr. Kevin Horn.

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This may have also included prosecutor Juan Martinez, who is well known for his win-at-all-cost attitude, which then would become collusion or conspiracy. This would be very difficult to prove, but especially if Arias is sentenced to death, all these little allegations could possibly add up to one big and powerful allegation which could change the course of this seemingly never-ending case.

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Jodi Arias Trial – Jury Selection / Media Clown Reunion

Jodi Arias Case – Jury Selection / Media Clown Reunion

by Rob Roman

 

The Jodi Arias Murder Trial, the OTHER side of the story

Many people believe that much of the media storm against Jodi Arias was due the the results of the Casey Anthony trial.
Many people believe that much of the media storm against Jodi Arias was due to the results of the Casey Anthony trial.

 

The Jodi Arias trial is back on the front burner again with what is usually a mundane process, but hope springs eternal that some controversy or drama can be somehow squeezed out of this situation. Tweeters in the Phoenix, Arizona courtroom are experimenting with different titles for Ms. Arias Such as “Convicted Killer Arias” or “the Murderess”. A woman named “Jen”, and others are joking about the slowness of Defense Attorney Kirk Nurmi, especially after lunch. They’re questioning if he is being slow on purpose in order to add to the trial’s tremendous tab. Now slimmed down and reportedly sporting hair, Nurmi has written yet another voluminous motion to dismiss the Death Penalty, based on previous accounts of “prosecutorial misconduct” along with some new allegations. It’s like a high school reunion of class clowns as all the celebrities start gearing up and jockeying for position during the jury selection of the Jodi Arias 2nd penalty phase. HLN is coming on strong and is the current media fave among potential jurors, according to tweets coming from reporters inside the courtroom.

Jen from the Trial Diva’s fame is now back with her Trial Diaries website, tweeting every occurrence in the courtroom. CNN has made sure to cozy up to her as she has great popularity on Twitter. Earlier rumors reported that Jen and Prosecutor Juan Martinez had become good friends. Vinnie Politan is gone form HLN, which is no big loss, but Nancy Grace and JVM have more than made up for his absence with their powerful vilifications of Jodi Arias and her defense. There’s no need to pretend there is any objectivity or to try to hide their favoritism in the case, like they tried to do at least in the beginning of the guilt phase. Beth Karas is basically a free agent now after possibly having refused to go along with HLN’s completely one-sided reporting. She stayed at HLN too long until they finally decided to try to humiliate her in the process of dumping her.

Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony
Jodi Arias and Casey Anthony

Today, on the fourth day of jury selection, for example, reporters are tweeting about the clothing and hairstyle of Arias. Ms. Arias is wearing a “royal blue top” and a “mid-high ponytail” according to Tweeters inside the court room. It’s a different court room and the reporters can get much closer to her. The prevailing sentiment of potential jurors has been that Jodi Arias should get the Death Penalty. Of course, most of these jurors have been dismissed. There was at least one who thought that all 1st degree murders should get the DP. Other potential jurors are saying that they could never vote for anyone’s death, no matter what they have done, but that they could still be fair? What?? You have to hand it to Arizona jurors, they seem to be a special breed, truly. Some jurors have been victims of murderers and one potential juror has had co-workers who were stalked and murdered.

Look-it what this special breed of media moron Tweeted:

Jeffrey Evan Gold ‏@jeffgoldesq  5m5 minutes ago

Sitting behind #JodiArias today and much closer than usual. With her hair up, her creamy neck and shoulders beckon…the hangman’s noose.”

This perfectly exemplifies the tone and tenor of reporters as they gear up for this story, attempt to ramp up the hatred, and try to find a way to wrangle up some drama at the start of the final courtroom scenes and acts. This is what JVM has on tap for tonight. Oh, that voice of her that sounds just like an air-raid siren!

 

Jane Velez-Mitchell ‏@JVM  8m8 minutes ago

TONIGHT at 7p @LisaBloom @claycane @LukeBurke @TrialDiariesJ @janegarrison join me tonight to discuss #DanielCrespo #RavenSymone #jodiarias

 

Of course there are the Travis watchers and Tweeters who need to be heard from (This one appears to be the reincarnation of @HodiHo69:

 

superdooperday ♥ ‏@AnneWyattanne7  1h1 hour ago

Happy 2see potential jurors r taking precautions be4 entering court with that disease ridden whore #jodiarias there

 

A group of nearly 400 potential jurors has been whittled down to 82 finalists, with 12 that have just made it to the 3rd round, or pre-emptive elimination round where attorneys for the defense and the prosecution will dismiss jurors without cause. They have so many of these (10 each, instead of the usual 3, I believe) and then they must give reasons for cause for dismissing any potential jurors who make it past the 3rd round.

Of the Tweeters in the courtroom, Jen, from Trial Diaries recommends Jeffrey Evan Gold and Monica Lindstrom in her absence. As above, Jeffrey Evans Gold seems to show what he’s all about. Monica Lindstrom seems to be much more fair and normal, so-far.

 

Monica Lindstrom ‏@monicalindstrom  26m26 minutes ago

The juror that had a family member who grew up with #JodiArias is the one that seems like she is trying a bit harder than most 2b on jury

 

Monica Lindstrom ‏@monicalindstrom  42m42 minutes ago

I think #Nurmi is doing a good job questioning potential jurors, calm, understandable, prepared and methodical #JodiArias

 

I Haven’t seen any reporting like that from anyone else. Someone actually complimented the Defense, imagine that! Nice to see at least one person attempt to present both sides reasonably fairly and accurately.

 

Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ  32m32 minutes ago

Juror 82 sister in law knew #jodiarias and she is also juror that knew people killed by stalker

 

This one juror incredibly has family who knew Jodi Arias and has co-workers who were murder victims of a stalker. This does not by any means indicate that this juror will be good for the prosecution, but it’s so doubtful this juror will survive the later rounds.

 

Well wonder of wonders, Jeffrey Evans Gold Tweeted something that actually makes sense:

 

Jeffrey Evan Gold ‏@jeffgoldesq  10m10 minutes ago

Death penalty juries are special because they decide the ultimate human sentence. In #JodiArias there’s complication of prior media circus

 

Jeffrey Evan Gold ‏@jeffgoldesq  4h4 hours ago

Sort of funny the way #JodiArias Pros Juan Martinez style is bombastic whether def on stand or a juror in box.

 

Maybe I should take back what I said about him earlier. So this should be easier to report from a media-bias view, as the two sides are no longer about guilt or innocence, but about whether the convicted should spend life in prison or be executed. Prosecutor Juan Martinez will be sure to drum into the jurors heads that it’s a fact that Jodi Arias committed pre-meditated murder and that that murder was especially cruel. You can expect him to make that absolutely clear.

 

Jen’s Trial Diaries ‏@TrialDiariesJ  3h3 hours ago

Juan tells this woman “not only is she guilty of murder it was especially cruel” Nurmi objects but Judge overruled #jodiarias

 

Another cut-and paste blog with little to no original content “Wild about Trial”, is also on the scenes trying to drop a new bombshell

 

Wild About Trial ‏@WildAboutTrial  23m23 minutes ago

I have a surprise that will drop in a few days. #JodiArias.

 

Translation: I’m late to the party and I desperately need to distinguish myself as a top reporter on this penalty phase re-trial before I’m left behind in the dust and forgotten. Let’s see if that “SURPRISE” will ever really materialize.

Update: There was no surprise.

 

Here a mock-up of Jodi Arias is surrounded by so-called supporters (Clockwise from the top) Webmaster Jason Weber, Some guy who wanted to attack Nancy Grace, Friend Donovan, The foreman from the original trial, William Zervakos, Defense expert Dr. Robert Samuels, and Humanitarian from England, George Barwood.
Here a mock-up of Jodi Arias is surrounded by so-called supporters (Clockwise from the top) Webmaster Jason Weber, Some guy who wanted to attack Nancy Grace, Friend Donovan, The foreman from the original trial, William Zervakos, Defense expert Dr. Robert Samuels, and Humanitarian from England, George Barwood.

Here a mock-up of Jodi Arias is surrounded by so-called supporters (Clockwise from the top) Webmaster Jason Weber, Some guy who wanted to attack Nancy Grace, Friend Donovan, The foreman from the original trial, William Zervakos, Defense expert Dr. Robert Samuels, and Humanitarian from England, George Barwood.

We wonder how the trial is going to go, yet, below the surface we know how the trial is going to go. Juan Martinez will try to force his opinion every step of the way and the defense will try to oppose this at every opportunity. Juan will argue that the jurors should, with objectivity and without emotion, apply the facts to the law. The defense will argue that life in prison is an appropriate punishment and they will argue the value of a human life in general, and of Jodi Arias’ life in particular. The defense will try to personalize Jodi Arias while Juan Martinez will call her “it” and “that thing” who chopped up Travis Alexander without a thought, then giddily rushed to Utah to perform mating rituals on Ryan Burns.

As the new penalty phase re-trial has abandoned the question of guilt or degree of guilt all together and now only asks about life or death, so too the blogs and Facebook pages have for the most part abandoned any discussion or debate about the guilt phase. A secret Facebook Page called “Jodi Arias Both Sides” is run by Brad Justda, who now is calling himself Brad Smith. He seems to be a good guy, but I wonder what he means by “both sides”. Both sides of what, you may wonder? On that page, which is a secret page to begin with, are a large variety of a mixture of decent people, ignoramuses, and mad zealots, who do not tolerate any hint of the guilt and aggravator phase of the trial not having turned out exactly right. In their view, it was a fair trial logically worked out and all allegations about Jodi Arias were proven to be true.

A Prosecution supporter uses a famous comic strip to mock Jodi Arias Supporters.
A Prosecution supporter uses a famous comic strip to mock Jodi Arias Supporters.

In the world of the mad zealots of the prosecution supporter pages, no one is allowed to question the verdict or to bring up any question which may reflect unfavorably on Travis Alexander. If you do, you are met by almost hysterical personal attacks. On that page, if you allow someone to voice their minority opinion, you are a traitor to the Travisites and you have let down your idol and your team. You must launch a personal attack on anyone who doesn’t believe the same things as you, you must block anyone who is a Jodite and who has a different opinion than you do. You must insult that person, fabricate false evidence against them, obstruct and divert the conversation, spam the thread, and do whatever it takes to repel the agitator off of the page.

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This is what alternate juror Tara Kelly was told by fellow Tweeters when she showed up on Twitter so shortly after the trial. Her wise friends advised her to not have discussions with people who have opinions that are in opposition to hers and to just block them. Then you can live in the peaceful bliss of unanimity. It hardly seems American, but free speech has no place in the Travisite world, where speech is only free when people are being told what they need to hear.  On a page that is 99% prosecution supporters, any voice in opposition is not able to be heard. Yet, on some Jodi Arias support pages, prosecution supporters are allowed to speak their mind and air their opinions freely. You have to wonder why that’s so?

Here are some sentiments of some prosecution supporters on Twitter:

 

TeamTravisUnited retweeted 7h7 hours ago

@yours917 @mitchiepoo46 @jodimustdie @bunnykittenpupp @ClubLove13 I Sooo want it to get DP!! It on death row…Priceless!!

 

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juan gloves are off

 

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TeamTravisUnited

@mitchiepoo46

The grim reaper is waiting! #jodiarias

 

Arias Reaper

Jodi Arias supporters are thought by prosecution supporters to be every bit as vile and as guilty as they suppose Jodi Arias to be. This means if you support Jodi Arias, you are a lying, murdering scum. You are a felon and a deviant. You are no better than a murderer and you are hypnotized and controlled by Jodi Arias and her crew of foreign fiends. Actually, the truth is that some people will always gather to support someone who has been rejected by society. Some people will always see that no matter what Jodi Arias has done, there have also been some injustices done by the other side. Some people will always rise up to support the oppressed, the underdog, the downtrodden, and the hopeless. The truth is that HLN helped to create Jodi Arias supporters, prosecution supporters helped to create Jodi Arias supporters, and Juan Martinez especially helped to create Jodi Arias supporters.

The real, true support for Jodi Arias comes from very quiet people who do not talk about, discuss or debate the case, who say absolutely nothing derisive about the victim or his family, and who strive every day in their secret groups to give well wishes, words of encouragement, strength, prayers and love for Jodi Arias. Some people can’t stand that fact but it’s a fact. Some Jodi Arias supporters are counting on a type of Stockholm Syndrome where people have come to know and perhaps hate Jodi Arias so strongly that perhaps they will also want to see her life spared.

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People we know never use the word “Travis supporters”, because actually, most Jodi Arias supporters feel badly about what happened to Travis Alexander and support him as much as anyone else. We don’t hear much of anything positive or supportive towards Travis and his family coming out of the other side at this time. Not to say it’s not there, just that it hasn’t been very visible. It seems more a sport or a game, a spectacle of entertainment as many fervently hope that Jodi Arias will get the Death Penalty and they can call it a day.

This can be the final victory for Travis as the Defense team of Kirk Nurmi, Jennifer Wilmott, and mitigation specialist Marie De La Rosa and Jodi Arias herself are finally, publicly vanquished and the world can see that there is no mitigation for such an atrocity. However, many Jodi Supporters and also many prosecution supporters as well are hoping that at least some of the jury will see that there is value in a human life, that this case has been somewhat overblown, and that life in prison is an appropriate punishment. It’s really in the hands of this new jury. Only time will tell.

Here’s a sentiment that we at SpotlightOnLaw  can identify with:

Rain Shine ‏@RedTailspin  3h3 hours ago

Iranian woman facing death penalty may b spared, officials say. If only #JodiArias was in Iran, instead of #Arizona. http://www.latimes.com/world/middleeast/la-fg-iranian-woman-death-penalty-20141006-story.html …

 

Other people may feel this way:

Beth Karas ‏@BethKaras  10h10 hours ago

The final juror on the third panel being questioned. “What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.” Not an Arias fan here. #jodiarias

 

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Sources:

Twitter feed on #JodiArias Oct 1st through 8th, 2014

Photos and Memes courtesy of Twitter

The Instagram Shower Evidence

The Instagram Shower Evidence

Fact Based Reporting by

Amanda Chen and Rob Roman

The Jodi Arias Murder Trial: The Other side of the story

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plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

(The more it changes, the more it’s the same thing)

What happened in that bathroom?

Just wandering around on my favorite Twitter channel, #JodiArias, I came across this very interesting tweet with an attached picture.

The picture was actually an array of the shower photos of Travis along with some commentary. I call it the Shower Instagram. It has comments and explains why the shower photos show that Jodi attacked Travis in the shower. The Instagram is given as further proof that Jodi Arias is guilty of 1st degree premeditated murder.

I downloaded the “Shower Instagram” and later I looked for the original Tweet. It was either deleted or I could not locate it. The original Tweet said something I’ve seen a few times before.

I have no ideas who made this. It said something to the effect that Jodi Supporters avoid the shower photo evidence at all cost because it proves it’s a 1st degree murder. So I wanted to show that we can look at the shower photo evidence and see where it leads us.

This is the text of the Shower Instagram:

“Jodi Arias LIED AGAIN she said she was kneeling kneeling when she dropped his camera. Travis got mad. He told her she holds the camera like a 5 year old & told her I’ll f****** kill you bitch. He lunged at her and body slammed her… knocking the wind out of her.

HE WAS INJURED INSIDE THE SHOWER – IT’S ALL PREMEDITATED PERJURY

The shower Door was closed for every pic & and he was standing inside the shower until photo 5:29:20.

Photo 5:30:30 Travis is down / injured-inside the shower.

In 50 seconds after the door was open he was shot or stabbed. He never had time to get out of the shower or body slam her. The gun jammed, she ran downstairs got the knive (sic) while he staggered to the sink/mirror. She came back upstairs & started stabbing him in the back.

He turned around trying to defend himself & she kept stabbing him like a wild savage. He was trying to get away & she kept stabbing him until he got to the hall where she ended his life by slashing his throat.

HER WELL THOUGHT OUT PLAN WAS TO UNLOAD THE GUN IN HIM INSIDE THE SHOWER AND LEAVE WITHOUT A TRACE OF EVIDENCE…

NOT ONLY DID SHE PREMEDITATE THE MURDER, SHE PREMEDITATED ALL THE LIES AND PERJURY

WE’RE READY FOR ROUND TWO – THE SENTENCING TRIAL”

This is very interesting and thought provoking, but at the end of the day it’s more of the same.

It’s an El Speculation Supremo. Let us show you how we got there.

You can click on many photos to enlarge, so you can see them better and read them.

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Gun in her left hand? Left handed gun owners would not agree. Black gloves on? What evidence is there of that?

Jodi lied? She said she was kneeling kneeling in front of Travis? What purpose would that serve? Why is standing or crouching so much more sinister than kneeling? I don’t get that point. Oh, BTW, Jodi testified that she was crouching.

Defense Attorney Nurmi correctly stated that Travis’ seated position would be awkward for a knife strike from a left-handed person. Lefties usually fire a weapon and use a camera with their right hand. Prosecutor Juan Martinez responded that Arias stated she was ambidextrous (can use both hands well). This is an idiotic response, because it implies that Arias switched the camera to the left hand, struck with the knife right handed, then switched back in the middle of a knife fight to get the ceiling shot!

Looking at the Instagram photo and reading what it says, I want to share the ways we think about evidence. These are the kinds of mental steps we go through:

1)      Surface Errors

The first thing is we look for factual errors and things that are incorrect on the surface of the Instagram.

2)      Facts given

What facts is the argument presenting?

3)      Scenario Identification

How do these facts fit into both a scenario based on guilt and a scenario based on innocence? We look at the situation in good faith from both sides.

4)      Implications of the argument

What is implied by the argument? Do the implications of the scenario hold up under a lens of guilt? Do the implications contradict or dispute the scenario under a lens of innocence?

5)      Summary

What have we determined by objectively looking at the evidence?

Now, we can introduce the Shower Instagram:

(You can click on the photo to enlarge it)

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1)      Surface Errors

“Travis got mad. He told her she holds the camera like a 5 year old… He lunged at her and body slammed her… knocking the wind out of her.”

What Travis said, according to Jodi was that a 5 year-old could do a better job taking pictures (paraphrase). This according to defense domestic violence expert Alyce LaViolette, was character assassination, as Jodi prided herself on being a talented photographer and hoped to do it professionally.

“Body Slammed her” and “Knocking the wind out of her” are expressions that can have different meaning to different people. A body slam can be a particular wrestling move where a person is lifted up and thrown or slammed down to the floor. Another person can say that a body slam simply means forcibly pushing a person or throwing them to the floor. Knocking the wind out of a person in sports is a term meaning the person is hit so hard that the air is expelled out of their lungs and they are briefly knocked unconscious. Another person can mean that they hit the ground with enough force to push air out of their lungs.

“*(Travis) told her I’ll f****** kill you bitch.”

This is incorrect. According to Jodi, Travis did not threaten to kill Jodi until after the gun went off and they were both on the floor

“HE WAS INJURED INSIDE THE SHOWER”

“Photo 5:30:30 “Travis is down / injured-inside the shower.”

Let’s remember to look for any evidence of that based on the shower photos.

“In 50 seconds after the door was open he was shot or stabbed.”

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Let’s look for evidence of this in the photos. “Shot or stabbed”: Here, again, is the contention offered by prosecution supporters that it doesn’t matter whether Travis Alexander was shot or stabbed first. But, it does matter. It matters a lot. The prosecution went to extreme lengths to demonstrate that it was impossible that Jodi shot Travis first. The ME said he would have been “immediately incapacitated”, so the defense wounds and knife wounds had to be first. The ME also said that the gunshot wound above Travis’ right eyebrow was post mortem, in his opinion.

If you take the ME’s statements and opinion as fact, this is all you need, along with the crime scene evidence, to conclude that Jodi Arias premeditated the murder of Travis Alexander. If you choose not to believe the ME, it could be a 1st degree premeditated murder or it could be something other than 1st degree premeditated murder. If the gun was first, we may need to re-evaluate both Jodi’s veracity on the stand and the idea that her story actually is possible. The order of injuries matters. If Travis was shot first, then the ME was either severely mistaken or he lied on the stand.

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“The shower Door was closed for every pic.”

This is an interesting observation. Let’s look into this claim and see if it’s true.

“He never had time to get out of the shower or body slam her.”

We can investigate this claim, too. Martinez said that according to Jodi’s story it’s impossible for everything she said happened to have happened in 1 minute and 2 seconds. (The amount of time between the ceiling photo and the foot photo.)

At the same time, Martinez also demonstrated to the jury how incredibly long 2 minutes is with his all too predictable  2 minutes of silence when the jury was considering the cruelty aggravator.

Jodi pointed out on the stand that the “foot photo”, taken 1 minute and 2 seconds after the “ceiling light photo”, could show Travis partially injured, specifically by the gunshot, and that this photo is not necessarily the end of the deadly skirmish. There is plenty of time for Jodi’s story to be true, but that’s something for another article.

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“The gun jammed, she ran downstairs got the knive (sic) while he staggered to the sink/mirror.”

This statement directly contradicts the arguments of the prosecutor as well as the testimony and evidence from Dr. Horn. Adding this to the idea that it doesn’t matter whether the gun injury was last or first, is troubling. This is a capitol murder trial. The life of the defendant/convict hangs in the balance. We cannot be ambivalent about these facts. Was Travis Alexander shot or stabbed first? Was he shot or stabbed when he went to the sink? Before a possible execution or life imprisonment for Arias, we had better know for sure.

“She came back upstairs & started stabbing him in the back.”

vinny lt lgThis goes back to the question of the back stabs. Where, when and why did Arias stab Alexander in the back? Amazingly, only that genius detective, Vinnie Politan, was able to give a decent answer to that question for the prosecution. Vinnie Politan once theorized on HLN that all or most of the stabbings, including the back stabs, could have been done when Travis was in the shower. Travis, unable to escape the shower, may have turned his back or doubled over while Arias kept stabbing.

Since the prosecution must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, isn’t it unsettling that two avid prosecution supporters, one a former criminal attorney and the other a Twitter tweeter, give such different accounts of what happened? Alternate scenarios should be the province of the defense, not the prosecution.

 

“He turned around trying to defend himself & she kept stabbing him like a wild savage.”

Now this is a new variation. This is the first time I heard someone from the prosecution theorizing that the back wounds were the first knife wounds.

Many people from the defense also believe the back wounds stabs were the first knife wounds. The wild savage part, I can also agree with. Having the mind of a wild savage works equally well coming from a lens of innocence or a lens of guilt.

Now we can move to step two:

2)      Facts Presented

A)    Jodi Arias lied about kneeling on the floor.

B)    She was standing when, according to her, she fumbled and dropped the camera.

C)    Arias lied about Travis’ “5 year-old” statement. He did not yell at her, he did not come out of the shower and throw her down, She did not shoot him by accident and he didn’t say “F****** kill you b*tch!”.

D)     Travis was injured inside the shower and the shower photos demonstrate this

E)     By photo 5:30:30, Travis is seated in the shower and injured.

F)    50 seconds after the shower door is opened (5:29:20 to 5:30:30), Travis is injured. Where is the Instagram person getting the 50 seconds? This is 70 seconds. There are 44 seconds between the seated photo and the ceiling light photo. Is that what the Instagram maker means?

G)    Shot first or stabbed first, it doesn’t really matter.

H)    The Instagram theorist is going with the gunshot first murder theory.

I)     There was no time for Jodi’s scenario to happen.

J)      Jodi leaves the bathroom to get a knife and returns while Travis is standing at the mirror.

K)    She jabs him in the back multiple times (WHY?).

L)    She continues stabbing him until he’s down on the bedroom carpet at the end of the bathroom hallway

M)   Since Travis doesn’t know Jodi is there taking pictures, he is not cooperating with poses and he’s just showering.

We have assembled all the facts alleged in the argument, let’s look into Scenario identification from both sides and put them all together.

3)      Scenario Identification

Guilt perspective knife first:

Within 50 seconds of the shower door being opened, Jodi attacks Travis with a knife. Jodi was standing the whole time and just bent her knees or crouched to attack Travis.  Let’s call the Instagram theory the Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger theory. At some point Travis makes his way to the sink. Travis gets to the end of the hallway, and collapses shortly before or after his throat is cut. She drags him back by the sink, stops, and shoots him in the face before putting him back in the shower.

Guilt perspective gunshot first:

Jodi is standing with the gun. She shoots him while he sits in the shower. This fits the trajectory of the gunshot well. The gun must have jammed or it only had one bullet, because otherwise Jodi would have continued firing. Travis is injured but still alive and he’s presumably crawling around before making it to the sink. This fits the blood evidence. Jodi leaves the bathroom to get a knife. She returns and Travis is now at the bathroom sink. She jabs him in the back and then continues stabbing him, he gets the defensive wounds to his hands. Travis gets to the end of the bathroom hallway and his throat is cut. Jodi drags Travis back to the shower.

Innocence perspective

(justifiable homicide / self-defense) (2nd degree murder, sudden heat of passion, manslaughter):

Jodi is kneeling on the mat while taking photos of Travis in the shower. Travis sits down in the shower and the shower door is opened. According to Jodi, there is a simmering argument going on, but she did not elaborate. Jodi fumbles and drops the camera. At this point, Travis becomes enraged. He calls her a stupid idiot and yells that a five year-old could do a better job. He knocks her to the floor, her breath rushes out of her lungs on impact. She rolls away, gets up and books down the hallway.

Afraid that Travis will catch her before she gets to the bedroom doors, she cuts right and into the closet and slams the door shut. He catches up and opens the door. Jodi puts her foot on a shelf and reaches for an old gun that Travis keeps near the picture of his dad. Jodi enters the bathroom and turns around. Travis comes into the bathroom and Jodi points the gun at him with two hands. Travis, perhaps knowing the gun is unloaded comes at her like a linebacker and tries to tackle her. The gun goes off and Travis is shot. There must have been a round in the chamber. They both fall to the floor and continue to struggle. Travis threatens Jodi’s life (F***ing kill you, b*tch!).  Jodi’s memory is overwhelmed at this point and she goes on auto-pilot..

Now, we can look at the implications of these 3 scenarios.

4)      Implications of the argument

Jodi’s presence in the bathroom:

Under the innocence scenario, Jodi uses the excuse of taking muscle or body photos of Travis that he can keep. She wants one more intimate experience with Travis before they part company and move on to their new lovers. She convinces Travis to do the photo shoot. He’s aware he’s being photographed. She directs him in a number of poses.  The shower door is always closed. At the time of the 5:29:20 photo, Jodi is going for the “Calvin Klein” photo.

not calvinModeling shots of men in the shower are a very common thing. Travis had recently been working out heavily and bulking up. At some point Travis sits down in the shower. This could  be because Travis becomes agitated by the photos and asks Jodi to stop. Maybe Travis was going to do some seated poses, or he wanted to see the photos. At the point of the 5:30:30 photo, an argument that has been smoldering all afternoon is heating up again. At the time of the 5:31:14 photo, Jodi fumbles and drops the camera and Travis lunges out of the shower, attacking Jodi.

Under both guilt scenarios, the Shower Instagram implies that Travis had no idea Jodi was in the bathroom with him taking the photos. He may have thought she was downstairs or had already left. Jodi may have been angry at Travis and wanted to get his attention somehow or wanted to invade his privacy out of spite. The photos then would be less trying to capture poses and more just attempting to control and annoy. The idea of the Instagrammer is that the shower door was closed until she’s ready to strike because he doesn’t know she’s there. The shower Instagram idea is reinforced by two shower photos that appear to show Travis reaching for the shampoo and washing his hair.

At the time of the 5:27:18 photo, Travis looks out the clear shower door and sees Jodi with his camera. He’s startled and becomes angry. He turns around and turns the water off, according to the Instagram. He faces Jodi. He’s very upset and aggravated. Travis appears to be close-mouthed and not talking. Maybe he is giving her a cold, angry staredown. Perhaps Jodi is already flashing a weapon. If so, we can imagine that Travis may be trying to give her a warm, pleading stare. This is the look he describes giving the man with the gun in the story he tells at the hotel, when Jodi has her head in his lap.

collage_zpsba572278 BrtWe can imagine that Jodi is smiling and perhaps laughing as she shows Travis a knife or a gun. Maybe she shows anger. Jodi threatens Travis with a weapon and forces him into a seated position. Then the attack begins.

Here, Gray Hughes, a prosecution supporter, attempts to prove that Travis was an active participant in the shower photos and that the door was open throughout. Gray even thinks the camera was inside the shower for some shots.

The Gray Hughes shower pics video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHt4kziV_jw

Is it true that Travis is unaware that Jodi is right in front of  him for over 5 minutes (5:22:16 – 5:27:18) snapping photos? Then this must be a regular shower when Travis is soaping and shampooing.

Jodi is avoiding taking any photos where he is soaping up. Maybe he had already done that. At 5:24:30, you see Travis appears to be wetting down his hair in preparation for a shampoo. At 5:24:49, he appears to grab a handful of shampoo. At 5:24:56, according to the Gray Hughes video, Travis appears to be washing the shampoo off. That’s 26 seconds to wash his hair. Is that too fast for a guy to shampoo his hair? It’s seems about right.

The Shower Instagram states that the shower door is closed in all the photos until the seated photo. Gray Hughes, a prosecution supporter, believes the shower door was always open. Gray Hughes also believes the water in the Calvin Klein photo is water on the camera lens, and the door is open. From Travis’ blogs, we know that Travis’ mother couldn’t stand bath water on the floor, and she punished Travis for this. We can theorize that the shower door would be closed unless he agreed to take the shower photos.

Then again, for this same reason, we can also believe that Travis agreed to the photos but he wanted the door to stay closed. So the closed shower door may not be as evil as it seems.

The Instagram and Martinez both claim Travis was jabbed in the back by surprise at the sink. Martinez claims Travis was already stabbed in the chest and abdomen by the time he got to the sink, while the Instagram claims that Travis had only a gunshot wound when he was jabbed in the back a the sink. Jodi supporters and some prosecution supporters also believe that Travis only had the gun wound when he was at the sink.

For the Shower Instagram ideas to be correct, Jodi would need to have avoided any photos of Travis soaping and shampooing, while managing to take all the seemingly posed photos. Another Tweeter claims these poses match the poses from the shower scene in the classic movie Psycho. Could this be done accidentally? Could Jodi be that quick to know these poses by heart and capture them all accidentally? Isn’t that highly unlikely? Perhaps Travis had finished soaping and shampooing and he was just rinsing off when Jodi suddenly appeared in font of the shower and started snapping the photos.

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It’s also possible that Jodi convinced Travis to let her take the shower photos as a way to get him into a vulnerable position for attack. In this case, he would be aware of the photos and posing for them. Wouldn’t the quality of the photos be better then? The photos were deleted and needed to be recovered, so it’s difficult to know.

For this same reason, it’s difficult to know if the door was open or closed. The Shower Instagram claims that the shower door was closed at all times because Travis was not aware Jodi was there. Looking at the back photo, it is difficult to tell. Is the shower door so clean, clear and water drop free that it appears to be open?

Travis Alexander shower photo. Can you tell if the door is open or not?
Travis Alexander shower photo. Can you tell if the door is open or not?

Here is a professional model photo:

A Calvin Klein type model in the same pose
A Calvin Klein type model in the same pose

Is it a stretch to believe the photos were posed?  They certainly could be posed. Until the Shower Instagram came along, I thought most people agreed that the photos were posed.

shower light ltWhat about the ceiling light photo? If Travis was injured in the shower by gun or by knife, what happened to cause the ceiling photo at 5:31:14? Prosecution supporters need to explain how that photo happened. One could theorize that an injured Travis came out of the shower suddenly, causing Jodi to move her arm and snap the photo.

How about the back wounds? Jodi supporters believe it’s possible Jodi stabbed Travis from under him or from in front of him with shallow, defensive jabs. What is the reason for these stabs under a theory of guilt? No one has provided a reasonable answer except, incredibly, Vinnie Politan, the vacuous, and shameless hot-headed entertainer from CNN’s Head Line News.

Martinez’ idea about the back stabs makes little sense and neither does the Instagram’s. What would be the purpose of the back jabs?

Now we can make our summary.

4)      Summary

What have we determined by objectively looking at the evidence?

We have honestly looked at the Shower Instagram evidence and opinion. We have looked at it from theories of guilt as well as innocence.

Did Jodi lie when she said she was kneeling on the mat when she took the final 3 shower photos?

shower iris lg ltHere we can look to the evidence of the iris photo scientist. Although Martinez and most prosecution supporters believe this is junk science, the scientist works with law enforcement and his iris enhancements have been used as evidence for the prosecution to determine such things as license plate numbers, proof of location and time of day. He also testified that his enhancements are 10 times more visible in the perfect darkness of his lab and when shown on his expensive lab equipment.

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It’s inconclusive whether Jodi is standing or kneeling for the Calvin Klein photo. It seems that Travis is seated in the photo, and therefore, Jodi would have to be kneeling or crouched down at the time of the 5:30:30 seated photo. It appears that the camera is pointed straight at the subject.

Seated in the shower seems like a vulnerable position that Jodi wanted to coax Travis into. It’s also possible that Jodi forced Travis to sit down or that he sat down out of embarrassment or frustration, or to look at the photos. It seems to be an open question.

A male model posing while sitting in a shower
A male model posing while sitting in a shower

The idea that Jodi planned to shoot Travis in the shower and leave no trace is possible, but it goes against the ME and the prosecutor. The idea that the shower door was closed at all times until the seated photo is inconclusive. The surprised look of Travis could have an innocent explanation. The idea that Travis had no idea Jodi was there until the surprised look photo is contradicted by Travis not soaping and shampooing and all the poses Travis seemed to do, whether Jodi wanted the Calvin Klein look or she was going for the Psycho look.

-It’s likely that both the “Calvin Klein” photo and the seated photo are shot not while Arias is standing, but while she is kneeling or crouched on the bath mat. They both appear to be straight on shots. The Iris photo is inconclusive.

-It’s inconclusive as to whether the shower door was always closed until Alexander is seated in the shower. Even if it was, there could be an innocent reason for this (Travis was beaten for getting water on the bathroom floor).

-The theory of the Instagram contradicts the testimony and evidence of the M.E. and the arguments of the prosecutor.

-One can theorize that Travis Alexander did not know that Jodi Arias was snapping photos of him. But one cannot be sure the shower door was closed for all the shots. Alexander is not seen washing his body or hair and he he may be posing like a model or doing poses from the Psycho shower scene. There is too much reasonable doubt.

-The look of surprise on Alexander’s face in one photo is strong evidence, but it’s inconclusive.  Arias would have to be snapping photos for over 5 minutes through a plexiglass door before being noticed.

-Alexander’s face in the “Calvin Klein” photo could be registering fear, anger, pleading, or frustration. His face could also be a posed in a stern look typical of male models.

-Contrary to popular belief, there’s plenty of time for Arias’story to fit the timeline of the photos. All of the knife wounds could have happened in 10 seconds. That’s a whole other article, though.

-There’s no real evidence that Travis was attacked in the shower. You can surmise that it happened that way, but you can’t really be sure. The seated photo provides no evidence either way.

The Shower Instagram theory of Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger is interesting, but it’s a theory with major problems.

In a strange inversion of tradition, the prosecution and prosecution supporters seem to have numerous speculations, explanations and theories regarding the Jodi Arias case, even though it should be one proven theory beyond reasonable doubt. At the same time, the defense and Jodi supporters are not allowed to speculate or raise any possibilities or alternate scenarios, like the system intends, because they are just dreaming or being spoil-sports.

Prosecution supporters need to take a nice cold shower, but they should watch out for stealthy, ninja paparazzi in revenge mode!

What’s YOUR opinion? Leave a comment, we want to know!

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More lies and juanipulation: Crystal Blue Persuasion

Misrepresentation and Deceit in the Arias Trial:

Crystal Blue Persuasion

 

Fact Based Reporting by

Rob Roman and Amanda Chen

 

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“Somebody lied to you about important facts in this case.” – Juan Martinez

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“If you believe what the defendant is telling you, then all the arguments begin to make sense.” – Juan Martinez

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According to Juan Martinez:

If it is written down, it’s the truth. If it’s not, it’s a lie. A white lie is just as bad as a regular lie. Not telling the full and complete truth at all times is a lie. Omitting details is lying. Anything that anyone says happened that is not in their diary is a lie. If you are attacked or beaten by your partner and you don’t document it, tell someone or call 911, it never happened and you are a liar.

You are a liar if, after you do something unspeakable, you do not tell every person you meet what you can remember about what you have done.

Somebody did lie about important facts in this case, and we’re not talking about Jodi Arias. We have broken these lies down into five categories. The headings in bold type are assertions made by Juan Martinez in his closing argument . These are the categories of lies:

1 white lieWhite Lie Typically a white lie is a harmless lie that is often done to be polite. Here, it’s a lie that plays into Martinez’ themes and theories, but it’s immaterial to the murder charge. These white lies are far from harmless. 1 exaggerationExaggeration Something from the facts or testimony is taken out of context and magnified. It’s a fish story where a mountain is made out of a molehill.

3 misrepresentationMisrepresentation This includes presenting mere speculation as fact, and changing the meanings of facts. It’s a deliberate effort to skew a fact to align it with other facts in the case.

4 mirrorMirror It’s a manipulation of the jury. Juan Martinez is projecting his own feelings, motives and ideas, or those of others, onto the defendant. (see more about the this in the previous article, Lies and Juanipulation: The Mirror Crack’d) 5 whopperWhopper It’s an obvious untruth in light of the facts. It’s deceitful and a breach of integrity Let’s examine more of the territory covered in the prosecutor’s all-important closing arguments:

The Manifesto and Salt Lake City

white lie 1“She has signed a Manifesto just in case she becomes famous” – Juan Martinez

This is another thing Martinez dug up in Alyce LaViolette’s notes. The prosecution had no witnesses attesting to any “Manifesto” and it was never entered into evidence, even though Martinez wants the jury to believe that Arias made copies and autographed the copies in jail in Yreka. 3094a7646b1ffb10310f6a7067003407-1306071742_4_3Even if she did, it’s just the same “intruder story” again, and Arias has already claimed she invented the story as a stalling tactic.

Reporters have requested proof of the Manifesto from the prosecutor’s office, and they’re still waiting.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/08/jodi-arias-manifesto-day-42_n_3041141.html

“This woman who claims she never went to Salt Lake City” – Juan Martinez

Martinez tells the jury Jodi testified that she was never in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was in West Jordan, on the far outskirts of Salt Lake City. This honest answer is a lie and a manipulation, according to Martinez, because a gas receipt near West Jordan states “Salt Lake City”. This is simply a trick of semantics.

“Staging The Scene”

 4 mirrorArias believes “she will not be convicted, after she has staged the scene for you”.  – Juan Martinez 

It’s The Mirror. The most important question here is why does Martinez feel he needs to add all the ornamentation you see throughout the trial? This is yet another behavior that El Espejo, the mirror, attributes to Jodi Arias. we can cook itJuan tells the jury that “in the light of truth you can see who she really is.” “This is an individual who is manipulative.” “This is an individual who will stop at nothing and will continue to be manipulative and will lie at every turn and at every occasion that she has.”

This from the man who peppered the trial with lengthy inquiries and discussions about Bobby Juarez, high school era windows and doors, happenings from Arias’ life when she was 5 and 8 years old, the backspace button, the criminal, the stupid sister, the gopher, the dog, the chameleon, the wildebeest, that thing, Snow White, the Shack, the Christmas tree, the Ring and The Fog.

Yet in his closing argument, when referring to Arias’ answers to mostly irrelevant questions, Juan says “There’s nothing, absolutely nothing important about that as it applies to the killing other than to try to manipulate you, to try to shock you…”

Who is really “staging the scene” here and who is really the manipulator? Who uses lies to kill instead of a gun or a knife? Who is “not a very nice person”?

Arias Has Memory Problems

1 exaggerationThis is one of Juan Martinez’ favorite tactics and he uses this often at trial. Everyone who testifies will have some discrepancies in their testimony. Martinez seizes on this to discredit witnesses. He will claim that there is a memory problem and that it must be because the person is lying. Martinez says that Arias has trouble remembering things, but yet he says “she has an incredible memory for her fantasy world”.

The events were over 4 1/2 years before. Arias used photographs, her bank records, and her journal to try to remember dates and times. The evidence showed that Jodi has a very good memory.

Juan likes to say “with the the truth, you ain’t go to remember nothing” – This is false for an event that happened 4 ½ years ago. Any honest person trying to accurately recall an event will remember things incorrectly and will correct themselves as related facts are brought to light.

Jodi does not have memory problems.  

Arias Is a Manipulator Because in 5th Grade She “played the victim”

 3 misrepresentationCan this seriously be presented as evidence?  There’s not one detail or example about how Jodi “played the victim”, other than the statement itself. This is another Martinez Special, and he serves these up frequently throughout the trial. What is going on in this death penalty case with this kind of “evidence”?

What did you do in 1st through 5th grade? Anything different now? This is a self-defense case. Of course, Arias is claiming the victim attacked her and she was forced to protect her life.

Jodi is not playing the victim.  

Jodi Arias Is a Criminal

 3 misrepresentationMartinez said during the trial that Jodi does in fact have a prior record because: She’s a liar and a murderer. She probably has committed crimes and engaged in criminal type crime behavior in the past. She has engaged in criminal behavior during the trial. She would not hesitate commit plenty of crimes if she could, but she’s in jail, so she can’t. juan-martinez-prosecuting-attorney

Prior to this trial, Jodi had no prior convictions for any offense, and had nothing more than a few traffic tickets. Of course, Martinez tries to fit her into the category of hardened criminal or insane psychotic, both proven to not be true.

She was convicted of 1st degree murder in an unfair trial, but Jodi Arias is not a criminal.  

Jodi Was Not Abused by Travis

 5 whopperJodi was abused by Travis throughout the relationship as demonstrated by testimony, facts and evidence. Travis called Jodi a “skank” and a “pathological liar” behind her back within two months of meeting her.  One and a half years later, he is still fanning the flames in phone sex conversations, conducting various business deals with her (including having her clean his house),  and jumping into bed with Jodi Arias.

He had to have known she has a mental illness, it’s obvious to anyone who has some experience with the mentally ill and watched the trial. He confided in no one about her, and he took the relationship underground early on. He hid her away and berated her to his friends and acquaintances. He is the one who made it a sex only relationship. He used her for sex and he threatened her. Then, he blamed her for the whole thing.

All these things are excused by his community, the media, and his LDS Church because of his terrible demise.

Travis Alexander callously tampered with Arias just like someone would recklessly play with explosives. The result should have been readily foreseeable.  

Jodi was abused by Travis, without question.

 

Nothing Is Jodi’s Fault

 4 mirrorJuan claims in his closing argument that Jodi refuses to take responsibility for any problem. She blames others for everything and she projects her problems and bad qualities onto other people. Juan is saying this after he himself invited a completely non-threatening and amiable woman in her sixties to “spar” with him in open court.

Jodi accepted responsibility for killing Travis Alexander. She has stated numerous times that her dealings with Alexander were the results of her own bad choices and bad decisions and they are entirely her responsibility. Jodi Arias has shown remorse and regret for her acts on numerous occasions, both in and out of the courtroom. She has shown sympathy for the victim’s family, regret for her false stories, and has shown concern that the victim’s family “can somehow find peace”. justice for travis 4

Jodi Arias has stated that she will accept her punishment, whether it’s execution or a life sentence, and “deal with it”.  She said “I will be sorry for the rest of my life, probably longer.”

According to Juan, everything is Jodi’s fault. He even says it’s Jodi’s fault that Darryl Brewer did not want to commit to her or start a family with her after almost four years of being with her. How does that make any sense?

Yet when Deanna Reid testified to the exact same thing about Travis Alexander, it was perfectly reasonable.

Jodi accepted responsibility for her actions and for Travis’ death.  

Arias Targeted a Good Mormon Boy

5 whopper“She decides those boys from the Mormon faith are people with lots of family values and they’re successful hard workers and can give her what she needs.” – Juan Martinez

Jodi Arias did not target a Mormon boy. She met someone who happened to be Mormon who often gives a book of Mormon to non-LDS friends and girlfriends.

Travis' friend Chris Hughes
Travis’ friend Chris Hughes

Travis Alexander actively sought converts as part of his position in the church. The evidence strongly suggests that Jodi Arias, far from being dependent on a man, went to Las Vegas to the PPL convention not to meet a Mormon boy, but to start a new, independent career for herself.

She was met by some good Mormon boys doing what they were normally doing at PPL conventions: Trying to set one of their away from home friends up with a potential sex partner by impressing her with an Executive Dinner.

These friends of Travis lied when they tried to suggest they were setting Travis up with a future wife. Jodi wasn’t LDS. They knew she was with him in his hotel rooms in the early months of the relationship. These were hypocrite phony Mormons and they knew exactly what was going on. Non-LDS girls are fair game for trysts for single and married Mormon men alike, because they don’t count.

Travis’ Mormon friends targeted Jodi Arias. They set her up with him. They provided Alexander with cover in their homes where they went to hook up. They warned Travis not to play games with her. They then began to warn Travis about Jodi when she began to take the relationship too seriously. Alexander then took the relationship underground. Why? Because Arias was bad for church and business, but good for some guilty pleasure.

Jodi and Travis met and talked about common interests and they quickly fell for each other. Jodi was looking for a religion where there are strong family values and the men do not cheat on their wives. It appears that in this case, the LDS Church was not the answer to Jodi’s dreams.

Travis knew that Jodi was not ready to be baptized into the church and he was not qualified to baptize anyone due to his behavior. This shows his utter disregard for the teachings of the church. Travis is the only one to blame about that.

Jodi fell in love. She did not target a good Mormon boy, and she did not even target Travis Alexander

Mormon Rules Were Arias’ Responsibility

1 white lieDid Jodi corrupt Travis by offering him a Strawberry Frappuccino, (a caffeine beverage not allowed by the LDS church)?

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Just try saying “NO!” to a Starbucks Blueberry Frappuccino (with whipped cream)

“There’s a word in the English lexicon called ‘No’ that you can use when you don’t want a person to do something.” – Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez claimed that Jodi blamed the young missionaries who came to her home in California for not teaching her the specifics about the law of chastity. He claims that Jodi blamed Travis for telling her that avoiding vaginal sex was the really important principle. Juan is suggesting that it was Jodi who manipulated Travis to accept this interpretation.

– “It’s unconscionable to blame Travis Alexander when she had the same knowledge and same position as him.” – Juan Martinez

Jodi Arias was giving literal answers to literal questions. She was asked if the missionaries taught about the details of the vow of chastity and she answered the question. It’s obvious that she didn’t want to say “No” to Travis. They both knew what the Mormon rules are relating to pre-marital chastity and they both broke the rules. Jodi said that there is no commandment that says “Thou shalt not fornicate”. She also said that “If it’s wrong, I don’t want to be right”.

However, Jodi was not an ordained leader of the LDS Church.  She was not an active member of the LDS Church for 20 years. Travis introduced the religion to Jodi. Travis baptized Jodi into the church. Is there any evidence at all that he tried to get her to follow the rules? We have never seen any. crystal blue 3

One guess is that the younger generation of Mormons probably follow the guidelines of the Law of Travis more often than strictly adhering to the laws of chastity. “Grinding”, heavy petting, and even oral sex are probably rampant, but it’s a big secret.

So it seems Jodi is much more knowledgeable than Juan Martinez about the vow of chastity, at least for many young Mormons. Jodi did not have the same position as Travis. Who would you rather ask important questions about the LDS Church?  A novice or an ordained elder who has been involved in the church for twenty years?

Juan Martinez must be snorting some crystal blue meth.

Arias Made Her Own Rules

 4 mirrorAs far as when Jodi and Travis were not exclusive, Jodi seemed to be more concerned that they were being honest and open with each other, which Travis never was, and not hiding things from each other, like Travis often did.

Travis in his home office in full business attire
Travis in his home office in full business attire

Jodi told Travis all about her date with Abe Abdelhadi and about Ryan. Travis responded with Jealousy and threats of violence towards Abe.

Travis may have been lying to Jodi, or Jodi may have been lying to herself about Travis. In any case, there seemed to be a big communication problem going on there.

Jodi didn’t make her own rules, She was sticking to the rules she followed long before Travis, rules that many people have. Being intimate together means commitment.  Exclusivity is expected in a relationship and if it’s not exclusive, they want to know if and who the other person is seeing.  

There’s an important reason for this, it’s called STD’s. For Travis, being intimate meant exactly the opposite. It meant there was no commitment, not now and not in the future. Here is the confusion. As long as Travis kept coming back to Jodi, she thought she still had a chance with him.  

Jodi Arias wasn’t following her own rules, Travis Alexander was.  

Arias Moved to Mesa to Stalk Travis

3 misrepresentationThis is what’s really important to the “stalker” question. What happened in the summer of 2007 when Travis and Jodi “broke up” and Jodi moved to Mesa? Juan thinks that this is the the fulcrum of an obvious stalking that led to murder, that Jodi is a liar and her witnesses are all liars because they base their conclusions on Jodi’s lies.  

Since the defense is just one big lying lie, Juan thinks whatever bull he digs up or says should automatically become the truth by default.

There is no evidence that Travis discouraged the move. In all the communications, there was no evidence presented that Travis didn’t want Jodi in Mesa or that Jodi was unwelcome at Travis’ home. There were late night calls and late night rendezvous sessions. Travis was seeing both Lisa Andrews-Daidone and Jodi Arias at the same time, and neither of them knew about the other for quite some time. That doesn’t sound like stalking. It sounds more like Travis was not being honest with Jodi or Lisa Andrews, ….. or Mimi Hall.

Alexander was Breaking Bad and Arias was chasing after him
Alexander was Breaking Bad and Arias was chasing after him

Jodi was confused about what was going on in the relationship. This is what the evidence says. This was the testimony. Jodi was going over the line in trying to find out what was really going on, but there’s no intimidation or threats of violence.

Jodi was fighting for Travis. She was not threatening him or attacking him. It’s not a typical “fatal attraction” situation because Alexander continued to get together with her time and time again.

Here are the ten stalking acts attributed to Jodi Arias form that dubious source, Radar Online:  

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2013/05/10-stalker-acts-committed-by-jodi-arias-against-travis-alexander-slashed-tires-email-hacking-eavesdropping/

There’s a rivalry going on, and Travis is not stopping it. He’s actually stoking the fires by continuing to play Jodi and lie to Lisa and he’s refusing to honestly deal with the situation. Lisa Daidone testified, and she offered very little knowledge about what was going on. Dan Freeman also knew almost nothing about it either, other than Jodi was confused about the relationship and that Travis planned on ending it with her in January, 2008, but he didn’t really get around to it until March and April.

Arias was not “stalking” Alexander.

Arias Displayed Stalking Behaviors

 3 misrepresentationHere is the entirety of Jodi’s so-called “stalking behavior”: 1) When they were first seeing each other, Travis and Sky and Chris Hughes left her alone in their house and the three went to the master bedroom to discuss Jodi. This is rude behavior. Jodi was wondering what was going on (which we all sometimes do) and may have been eavesdropping (which we all sometimes do). She became angry at this, which is understandable.

2) She went into Travis’ e-mail and phone at least once. Many people check up on their partners and spouses. 3) She went over to Travis’ house, found Lisa-Andrews with Travis, and left immediately. 4) Travis had his tires slashed, which was never linked to Jodi. If she did this, this is known to often be a passive-aggressive behavior designed to get a person’s attention. Maybe she was saying “stop avoiding me. Communicate with me.” 5) A letter was sent to Lisa Daidone, supposedly by Jodi, warning her to not sin with Travis.

Two of these so-called stalking incidents are these: Mimi Hall said that Travis “thought Jodi had followed him on a date”. Lisa Daidone said that “a home security alarm alerted that a door was open”. Of course, why would a smart professional like Alyce LaViolette challenge and question this so-called evidence in a capital murder trial?

The legal definition of stalking revolves around an intent to instill fear or injury. There is no intent to instill injury whatsoever. There is no intent to instill fear. Jodi is either trying to find out what Travis is up to, or she wants proof of what he is doing. These are techniques law enforcement uses all the time.

http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Stalking

This is the time when some intervention should have been done, yet other than a police report, nothing was done. With all these incidents going on, there is no sign of a big fight between Travis and Jodi until after she leaves Mesa. Travis did almost nothing to allay her concerns.

A person with a mental illness showing obvious signs of distress and confusion over a relationship is not “stalking behavior”.

Travis Claimed That All He Was to Jodi Was a “dildo with a heartbeat”

1 mirror whopperHere, Travis gives Juan a run for his money as far as reflecting his own deviant thoughts and behaviors onto others. Like Travis’ addict parents, Travis and Juan are both snorting the crystal blue meth.

It was Jodi who wanted a full relationship, it was Jodi who was in love. It was Travis who forced the relationship into a secretive, sex only situation. Travis was conjuring up all kinds of sexual scenarios. Travis’ actions are wholly devoid of any caring, love or romanticism, save one candlelit bath with flower petals and one instance of leaving a pastry on her car. The romanticism was directed towards the good Mormon girls.

Jodi, probably due to childhood issues and mental illness, thought she could rescue the relationship. She was staying loyal to him. She was in love with Travis Alexander and Eddie Snell, the late night guy we hear on the sex tape.

This remark that Travis made does not make any sense and actually applies to himself, based on what the trial revealed. Travis is going to extraordinary lengths to keep the lid on what he had done and what he was doing. What’s the reason? The LDS church is the source of his business, his customers, and his community.

A more accurate version is that Jodi was nothing more to Travis than a living blow-up doll with a heartbeat. blue pesuasionIt’s an addiction with just as many disastrous consequences.

This is not the entire truth, though. Jodi seemed to be smitten with Travis because the relationship embodied secrecy, chaos and the emotional extremes from her unresolved childhood. Travis seemed to be drawn in by the love/hate relationship he may have had with his mother or both parents from his childhood.

The more he kept getting back with her, the more he unleashed blame, repulsion, and hatred onto Jodi Arias that was better reserved to himself.  Tensions were increasing, and Jodi was beginning to lose her already tenuously balanced mental stability.

One can assume because Jodi was ready with her Helio phone to record their sex conversation in May, 2008 that this must have been a regular thing. He was calling Jodi late at night again while continuing with Mimi and who knows who else, in the light of day.

Travis’ friends didn’t call him T-Dawg for nothing. It seems that he continued this dating of multiple women the entire time, using his traveling and long hours to keep the women separate and at bay. It was ideal to have Jodi in Palm Desert, California and he just added her to his list. Jodi started to cramp his style when she moved to Mesa, but Travis seemed to think he could control it and handle her and he just kept on with his game plan.  

Jodi Arias probably got closer to the real Travis than anyone had. Jodi Arias to this day is still enchanted by her memory of Travis.

It’s clear that Travis Alexander was much more than just sex to Jodi Arias.  

Jodi Was a Peeper and a Stalker (because she refused to let Travis play her)

3 misrepresentationMuch was made by Martinez about the “peeping incident”, even though Jodi went over to Travis’ unannounced, which she did all the time, found the doors locked and went around to the back only to see Travis on the couch with an unknown woman. She peeped for a while and then she left. Most of Jodi’s so-called stalking behavior seems to be intelligence gathering. This is the same thing people do when they hire a detective, or go on a show called “Cheaters”.

She wanted to know the truth, she felt she was being played, and it appears she was right. This peeping incident is interpreted not as Jodi doing what she normally did, heading over to Travis’ for a nighttime rendezvous and being surprised, but something much more sinister. This is because Juan fits it into his stalking theory, and cleverly persuades others to do the same.

This theory makes all the sense in the world, had Jodi been scorned, but she had not been scorned.

The trial shows us that Travis is talking to Jodi late nights regularly over the span of their relationship. He is meeting Jodi first in hotel rooms and on trips away from home, on secret trips to his friends homes in California, and then in secret trysts in his bedroom. But he never gave Jodi any status among his friends and acquaintances, and that’s what her e-mails show.

Additionally, after Jodi left town, Travis was also being very helpful to two married women who were having problems at home, Ashley Reed and Shannon Crabtree. Both ladies had been over his home a number of times. One admits to at least kissing him and the other was planning on living at his house during her separation.

Philip Markoff and fiance Megan McAllister. The other women were dead or violently injured.
Philip Markoff and fiance Megan McAllister. The other women were dead or violently injured.

These two appear to be possible replacements for Jodi. This could mean more secrecy, late night sex, and no obligations or emotional involvement. Amazingly, after Juan Martinez forces Arias to reveal the name of one of the married women on national television over Arias’ protests, Juan then claims in his closing arguments that Arias could not name any “other women”.

Arias also knew that Deanna Reid was Travis’ first sexual experience, which was confirmed by Deanna on the stand. Arias was telling the truth here, and it also shows that Travis did confide in her.

Arias seemed to be okay with Alexander dating other women as long as “she knew where she stood”. The two did discuss their other love interests with each other at times, according to communications shown in court. At the very least, it appears Jodi did not know where she stood at times.

John Wayne Gacy, married with 2 children, with 1st Lady, Rosalyn Carter. The other women were young boys.
John Wayne Gacy, married with 2 children, with 1st Lady, Rosalyn Carter. The other women were young boys.

Are we to believe that Arias was so powerful as to push and control Travis and constantly invade his life and he was completely powerless to stop her? Are we to believe that Alexander was just too nice a guy to not be honest with her and end the situation?

He never sought help or the counsel of anyone, Mormon or not. Jodi was pushed to fall prey to her own mental illness and to perhaps become unstable due to Travis’ dishonesty and contradictory communications.

These were not “stalking behaviors”.  

 Regan Housley’s IM’s Prove Jodi is a Stalker

 1 white lieTravis needed to make excuses to his dates and friends for why Jodi is seen late at night at his home, why she was contacting him and why she was often around Travis. When Jodi was in Yreka, California in May, 2008, Travis was communicating with non-Mormon Regan Housley, telling her that he had a stalker and he was extremely afraid, they even joked about the possibility that Jodi could be seeing their IM’s and be privy to their conversations.

Juan Martinez makes this a huge point, stating that this proves that Alexander was in fear of Jodi. But Regan Housley was never called to testify as a witness, and why not? You just have to wonder if there was something damaging she could have revealed about Travis.

Yes, he was extremely afraid, but of what? That he would be exposed? That the lid would be blown off all the things he had done and was still doing?

Arias was 1,000 miles away.

This is another big hole in the prosecution case. We know Travis must have been annoyed and agitated by what had been going on. After all the warnings and all these incidents, he is still engaging in phone sex with her, still complimenting her, and still encouraging her, right up until the end of May. That’s the reality that Alyce LaViolette was pointing out.

This does not add up with the prosecution’s view of stalking, in spite of Juan’s skill in forcing unproven allegations to become reality via clever interrogation tactics on the witness stand.

Regan Housley doesn’t prove a thing.

Jodi Arias “scammed” Travis Alexander

 4 mirrorThis is yet another charge just thrown out there by the prosecutor and Travis’ text message with nothing to back it up. How did Jodi “scam” Travis? There was nothing brought out at trial that gives any credence to this idea other than the statement itself.

It sounds like Jodi may have been threatening to play the sex tape or go to the Bishop and expose Travis in some way. This is a huge threat to Travis’ standing in the community and his business affairs. He and Deanna went to the Bishop about their one time dalliance and Travis was punished. He did not go to the Bishop about all the sins committed since then. Travis would be a two-time offender in the LDS church which would require an excommunication for a period of time.

Jodi had every right to go to the Bishop and confess about her relationship with Travis. Travis should have gone to the Bishop himself when he made his clean break in April, 2008. Had he done so, there would be nothing to allegedly bribe him with.

Team Justice in full regalia
Team Justice in full regalia

Travis, from PPL Team Renew seemed to be engaging in a little of the “law of attraction” himself, just hoping this whole thing would just go away and writing his blog about how great he was going to be in 2008Trial watchers forget that though we assume that Jodi was going to cause Travis some kind of problem or exposure, it was Travis who actually threatened Jodi, and that’s right in the communications.

Defense witness Gus Searcy who gave Jodi the Helio phone
Defense witness Gus Searcy who gave Jodi the Helio phone

Gus Searcy from Jodi’s PPL Team “Freedom” is another witness who testified that Travis was chasing down Jodi, at least on the phone, and that his call to Jodi when she was with Gus in Las Vegas made her very upset, even terrified.

In Las Vegas, it was Gus Searcy who gave Jodi the Helio phone, one of the few at that time with a recording function.

How did Jodi “scam” Travis Alexander? Were there any facts, evidence, or testimony in support of this?  Travis said this to Jodi in a text message. Does that make it true? This scam idea sounds really good, it sounds so devious, but it’s meaningless.

A white lie, by definition, is a harmless lie sometimes meant to be polite or courteous. This is far more than a white lie from the mouth of Juan Martinez.

Jodi did not “scam” Travis. This is Travis projecting his own behavior again. Travis, the influential and highly organized motivational speaker,  who could did the work of 20 people, according to his friends, scammed Jodi.

There is zero evidence of Travis trying to get some help for Jodi. He lied to everyone for his own selfish interest. He scammed everyone that he tried to recruit into the Church and his entire LDS community. He scammed everyone in the LDS church that he taught about the tenets of the Church in his bible studies and everyone he baptized into the church.

This is not “trashing Travis”, it’s just the truth. Jodi did not “scam” Travis.  

 Jodi Lied Because She Did Not Masturbate Properly

 1 white lieAccording to Juan, Jodi owes Travis a sincere apology for not properly masturbating while having phone sex with him and allegedly faking an orgasm.  She’s manipulating it. She’s faking it, when she’s “squealing like a cat” according to Martinez. She’s being insincere, because Jodi usually used two hands, and she needed one hand to hold the Helio phone.

She’s lying even during the phone sex. Juan wants the jury to remember this vital fact. This is in the closing statement in a search for the truth, capital murder case, after all.

Jodi Is a Stalker (because she hid a sexual relationship)

1 exaggerationTo Jodi and her defense team, “it was really, really bad that someone had sex and didn’t want other people to know about it.” –Juan Martinez

They were both enjoying and hiding a sexual relationship. Arias’s defense doesn’t dispute that, and Arias doesn’t dispute that. Who was the controller and who was the controlled? That’s where the dispute is. Because of the nature of the secretive relationship, Jodi is at a distinct disadvantage in knowing what Travis is up to.

Jodi is being loyal to Travis. She can’t go to the suspected other woman or to the other woman’s circle of friends, because that could expose Travis. She can’t seek outside help or seek the counseling of the Bishop or a friend like Dan Freeman, because that could also expose Travis. What little she could do to assert herself and have some idea of what the truth was about her relationship with Travis is confined to actions that seem stalking- like in nature, because of the secrecy.

Travis Bears No Responsibility (because he hid a sexual relationship)

 3 misrepresentationJuan tries to portray Travis as adapting to sexual encounters that Jodi Planned and provided. This is nothing more than convincing and persuading the jury to accept a simple tale that just doesn’t hold up under scrutiny.

It’s a campfire monster story, and it sounds so very convincing coming from a very good story teller. Watch the trial video and you can see Dennis Alexander just eating it up.

This is Juan’s career and his talent. Jodi’s the violent sexual deviant, the instigator and the aggressor, while Travis is the befuddled and hapless victim. Jodi is some kind of insect that blinds and overpowers Travis with her outlandish mating rituals. Jodi is the toxin that poisoned the relationship.

It’s nothing more than some really good Crystal Blue Persuasion.

Travis Was Not That Into Jodi


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 This is simply not true. Instead, they were attracted to each other and they hit it off. The evidence strongly suggests that they were into each other not just due to physical attraction and common interests, but also because they subconsciously recognized certain psychological deficits in each other.

This was a meeting between two highly charged and ambitious young people. Most likely, Travis also had an untreated mental illness. Travis is often commenting on Arias’ beauty and sexiness throughout the relationship and states that he loves her.

Jodi with Eddie Snell from Alabama.
Jodi with Eddie Snell from Alabama.

Judging from many communications, including the sex tape and the way Travis carefully hid his relationship from his friends, there must have been more to this for Travis than just sex. He was carefully managing and controlling these relationships.

It was like an addiction. The deviancy, the illicit secrecy seem to strongly appeal to “Eddie Snell form Alabama”, Travis’ hidden alter-ego. This is why there was so little testimony about what was going on in that relationship. No witness came to the stand to shed light on what was going on from Travis’ point of view. Out of all his friends all over, Mormon and non-Mormon, he confided in no one about this.

Who did this troubled man confide in? Jodi Arias says he confided in her. Why should we be so quick to disbelieve her? Travis was very much “into Jodi”. She was fun to talk to and to be with. He even once said she was beautiful, inside and out.

Travis was always denying the relationship and being derisive towards Jodi to his friends. So, of course they would say that he was “not that into her”. Travis needed to marry eventually, and that meant he would have to get rid of Jodi. She wasn’t a true Mormon and she didn’t count, anyways. Maybe this was the real crux of the problem.

There’s no question that this was a volatile and combustible relationship, and the evidence shows that Travis was encouraging it by fanning the flames. He did not want it to end.  

Jodi was an outlet for Travis’ deviant alter-ego. He even confesses to this hidden side of him in his blog.

In this so-called comedy routine, Eddie Snell punches at and kicks at people.
In this so-called comedy routine, Eddie Snell punches at and kicks at people.

– “Desperately trying to find out if my date has an axe murderer penned up inside of her and knowing she is wondering the same thing about me. That’s usually when I think myself into a panic and start acting weird in consequence to trying so hard to act normal.”

– “I realized the reason I wasn’t married wasn’t because the type of person I was looking for doesn’t exist but that the type of person I wanted wouldn’t be interested in me.

– “What they usually don’t understand is those same character flaws are in them too. In fact that is usually at least partially what attracted them to each other.”– Travis Alexander, “Being Bette” Blog, May 15, 2008

Not to blame him, but Travis, a high school drop-out and a poor speller from the looks of his e-mails and text messages, required the services of at least two women to help him write his rather simple blog.

This hidden side emerged way before Jodi entered his life and probably extends back to his background as a child of meth-addicted parents. With Jodi, it was okay to act weird and to be himself. This Eddie Snell character looks like a way that Travis Alexander could bring his deviant and crude side out into the open. “Woman, I will beat you dead.” and “Hit a woman every now and then.” were two “jokes” Eddie Snell told at a conference full of salespeople in Las Vegas. He also joked about Vegas being full of “shows and hoes” and he talked about chlamydia being something that happens in Vegas, but doesn’t stay there.

Is this really appropriate for a mixed group of salespeople, many of whom are Mormon? Is this something more than a comedy act? Travis appears to have been addicted and like a conflicted addict, he was very into Jodi at times and pushing her away at other times.

Travis was very into Jodi, but not in a healthy way.  

   

Friends of Travis Said Jodi Was Stalking Him

 1 exaggerationOne friend of Travis stated that Jodi basically pulled him into her world, and he just couldn’t get himself away from it. Knowing Travis’ horrendous childhood and the deep psychological trauma and emotional scars he must have had, this is too simple an analysis. There was something very compelling in this relationship for Travis and it wasn’t just sex. It had to be psychologically magnetic, too.

Dave "we did it for the children" Hall. Former scout leader who now has legal problems of his own
Dave “we did it for the children” Hall. Former scout leader who now has legal problems of his own

It must have been a full blown addiction. It attracted him like no other, and it repulsed him like no other. Alexander is projecting his own thoughts and behaviors onto Arias, and his own self-loathing and guilt manifest into a palpable hatred and anger directed at Jodi Arias. Unlike so many of Juan’s claims, this is right in the testimony and it’s right in the evidence.

Deanna Reid broke up with Travis after returning from her missionary position
Deanna Reid broke up with Travis after returning from her missionary position

One popular blogger thought that this was a classic example of the Madonna Whore complex, where a child has both great love and great disgust with his mother, and this manifests in later life with a powerful fascination for women that he can both worship and hate. This seems to fit very well into what the evidence shows. Travis’ friends had no idea what was really going on.  

Travis is the Hapless Victim Jodi Targeted, Stalked, and Finally Murdered

1 whopper misrepThis  defies the evidence. People vilified Alyce LaViolette, because she was showing how this charge does not comport with the evidence. In just the 10 months since the “break up”, Alyce rattles off a whole list of women that Travis appears to be involved with. Of course, just messaging and communicating doesn’t mean that anything more is happening. But it’s indisputable that Travis is involved with more than Jodi Arias and the good Mormon girls he dates with an eye towards marriage.

Juan wants the jury to believe that it’s all Jodi, that she’s the one coming at him, showing up unannounced, reeling him in with sex, and forcing herself into his life. That Jodi is the scorned woman stalking the hapless Travis is refuted by Travis’ own words:

– “I want you to ride my face like a horse.”

– “When I’m all by my lonesome I have nobody else to think about in my scandalous fantasies.”

– “I’m gonna take you like youvé never been taken before. When it’s done the intensity will make you feel like you’ve been raped, but you will have enjoyed every delightful moment of it.”

–  Jodi Arias? ‘She’s a skank!’

– “I love you.”

– “It will be like…legitimate rape”.

– “This photo shoot is gonna be one of the best experiences of your life and mine.”

– “You’re Evil….soulless… a corrupted carcass.”

– “I haven’t stopped thinking about the pics I’m gonna take, The progressiveness of it, from the very clean to the very dirty and everything in between.”

– “It will tell quite a story and be a lot of fun and not a day has gone by that I haven’t dreamt about driving my shaft long and hard into you.”

– “Nothing from my own experience, nothing is even enjoyable compared to you.”

– “You are beautiful inside and out.”

– “You’re a whore and a slut.” justice for travis 3

Travis was the up and coming salesman and motivational speaker. He was extremely persuasive and endearing. He had the strength of an entire Mormon community behind him. He had many friends, a vast network of social and business connections, and he was an ordained elder priest holder in the LDS church. Jodi was under his influence and she was influencing him.But by March, 2008, she was on the outside looking in.

In the midst of the break up and chaos in early 2008 as Travis is trying to keep the lid on and trying to end things with Arias, she claims she was physically assaulted by Alexander several times. Arias, who is supposed to be so obsessed with Alexander, suddenly moves 1,000 miles away, home to Yreka, California. Travis had lost control of Arias. He was also going to lose his “sex slave”. Jodi was looking for a new partner and she is undeniably faithful and exclusive to her partner. Travis has shown jealousy before. Jodi Arias may have told him she was going to the Bishop to confess the entire relationship, so she could start clean with a new boyfriend.

Travis Alexander had very compelling motives for both assault and murder.

Travis Alexander was conflicted by his success, and his wholesome-pretense exterior, not unlike the outstanding and very promising medical student, Philip Markoff, the Craigslist Killer. Travis Alexander was conflicted and driven by his hidden inner demons, just like the pillar of the community, John Wayne Gacy, the bisexual control-freak serial killer.

Would Travis have become a killer like Markoff or Gacy? That’s doubtful, but all the same precursors existed in his personality and his psyche, especially a stunning lack of empathy or insight into his own behaviors and their potential causes.

hope diamondTravis was the hapless victim? Only in Juan’s World with his misrepresentations, his inability to see things from a different perspective, his many lies and his crystal blue persuasion.

Martinez even managed to get seven of the eight death jurors to vote for both of two mutually exclusive theories of 1st degree murder. Translation: They were following Juan’s erroneous facts and his seasoned gifts of persuasion. Some jury members clearly didn’t understand the facts and they weren’t following the law.  

Conclusion

The defense team claimed that much of this trial was all about lies, but many of the lies didn’t come form Jodi Arias. The prosecution claims there is no corroboration of Jodi’s testimony. There is plenty to suggest that Jodi’s story is highly plausible if not probable.

It is the prosecution that cannot corroborate many of it’s claims other than sneaking things in on re-cross and re-direct, alluding to what someone might have said, and speaking of evidence and witnesses never presented at trial.

Martinez’ closing arguments were an exaggeration, a misrepresentation, a speculation, a consternation, and a detestation. The point is simply this: He lied.

That’s okay, because for Juan, Jodi Arias is a liar and a murderer. She doesn’t count. She’s not entitled to a fair trial and he is justified in getting the conviction and a death sentence by any means necessary. This makes Juan Martinez a very dangerous person. Justice for Travis American style

Staple an American flag to it, say that it has God’s blessing and say something about “justice”, and we might just get a death sentence out of this complete embarrassment of a trial.

What does this say about America and our deeply entrenched inability to see that all stories have two sides?

There is no “Justice for Travis”. There is either Justice for all or there is no Justice. The insistence on the Death Penalty in this case has prolonged suffering for all involved and has actually obstructed justice.

Jodi Arias lied to live, while Juan Martinez lies to kill. Just ask the family of Robert Towery. Juan Martinez is a bigger, more sophisticated and accomplished liar, manipulator, and persuader than Jodi Arias could ever hope to be.

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Philip Markoff, a top medical student and Craigslist killer. John Wayne Gacy, an important businessman and serial killer. Just a friendly reminder from the “one never knows, do one?” category about thinking we know people
Philip Markoff, a top medical student and Craigslist killer. John Wayne Gacy, an important businessman and serial killer. Just a friendly reminder from the “one never knows, do one?” category about thinking we know people
Sources:
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XJsW-_hmFY

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Lies and Juanipulation: The Mirror Crack’d

Lies and Juanipulation:

The Mirror Crack’d

The mirror and dual sinks in Travis Alexander's master bathroom
The mirror and dual sinks in Travis Alexander’s master bathroom

Fact Based Reporting by

Amanda Chen and Rob Roman

His broad clear brow in sunlight glow’d;

On burnish’d hooves his war-horse trode;
From underneath his helmet flow’d
His coal-black curls as on he rode,
As he rode down to Camelot.

Juan Night witness Stand
Juan Knight Stand

From the bank and from the river
He flash’d into the crystal mirror,
“Tirra lirra,” by the river
Sang Sir Lancelot.

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She left the web, she left the loom,
She made three paces thro’ the room,
She saw the water-lily bloom,
She saw the helmet and the plume:
She look’d down to Camelot.

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Out flew the web and floated wide;
The mirror crack’d from side to side;
“The curse is come upon me,” cried
The Lady of Shalott.

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From The Lady of Shalott, by Alfred Lord Tennyson

“This individual, the defendant, Jodi Ann Arias, killed Travis Alexander. And even after stabbing him over and over again, and even after slashing his throat from ear to ear, and then even after taking a gun and shooting him in the face, she will not let him rest in peace.

But now instead of a gun, instead of a knife, she uses lies” – Juan Martinez

It’s important to remember that the prosecution has the burden of proof. It’s not a popularity contest and it’s not about which side has a better story. It’s about a search for the truth. We review Mr. Martinez’ efforts towards a search for the truth in his final argument.

“After all the lies you’ve told, why should we believe you now?” – Alternate Juror #17, Tara Kelley,  questions Jodi Arias during the guilt phase of the trial.

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White Lie

This is a “white lie”. Typically a white lie is a harmless lie that is often done to be polite. Here it is a lie that plays into Martinez’ themes and theories, but it’s immaterial to the murder charge. These white lies are far from harmless.

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Exaggeration

This is an exaggeration. It’s a fish story where a mountain is made out of a mole hill.

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Misrepresentation

This is a misrepresentation. It’s a deliberate effort to skew a fact to align it with other facts in the case.

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Mirror

This is a mirror. It’s a manipulation of the jury. Juan Martinez is projecting his own or other’s feelings, motives and behaviors onto the defendant.

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Whopper

This is a Whopper. It’s an obvious untruth in light of the facts. It’s deceitful and a breach of integrity

 

misrep 3The Ninja Intruder Story

For Juan, Jodi’s intruder story illustrates how well she can lie and manipulate and how she can turn this situation into one where she’s the victim who then plays the hero. On the surface, this appears correct, but a deeper look reveals a far more salient truth.

Juan tells the jury that Jodi said “I wish I stayed and fought more”, showing how she plays the hero. Juan shows the jury how Jodi manipulates the story to make her look better. He tells them “Her lying does not stop. She lied to the jury, she lied to the medical professionals, the police, and the media”. “She lied and made herself look like a person who could not do it (murder Travis).”

Juan likes to dwell on the interrogation videos as evidence in the murder trial, yet Arias has admitted that she lied, and explained why she did it. The main thing about the intruder story is there is no way Arias could have thought that her story would be believed by anybody. It’s a really bad lie. She failed to manipulate Detective Flores and no one could possibly believe her story, including Jodi herself.

She claimed it was merely a stalling tactic, and there is no reason to believe otherwise. She’s still counting on the law of attraction to fix everything at that point. That’s what you see in her early interviews. So there are two remaining hypotheses. One is that Jodi is mentally ill (which has been proven), and the other is that she had a diminished capacity, was in an altered state of mind, and her self-defense story is true. Both of these remaining hypotheses are in favor of the defense.

misrep 3Jodi Has “Violent Tendencies”

Juan claims that Jodi had violent tendencies because she wrote that in an e-mail to Travis.

Note to Juan Martinez: Writing in an e-mail that you once became violent is not displaying “violent tendencies”, it is exactly the opposite. Juan highlighted an e-mail Arias wrote to Travis Alexander where she admits to having broken a door and a window at some vague time in the past.

Juan and his Psychologist witness both seized on this single report of violence in 15 years of journal entries and 80,000 communications as proof of both Borderline Personality Disorder and 1st Degree Murder.

Knowing that she has had violent episodes in the past (probably in her high school days), and acknowledging them is great therapy. It’s something known as telling the truth. It shows she has insight into her feelings and behaviors, she’s trying to improve them, and she’s acting on her feelings in a socially appropriate way by writing them down. If only Travis Alexander, or Juan Martinez, for that matter, had that kind of insight and honesty about their inappropriate behaviors.

white lie 1Travis Did Not Give Jodi the Underwear

There’s some attention given by Martinez about there being no mention in that same e-mail of the chocolates, T-shirt and underwear that say “Travis Alexander’s” and “Travis’”, and the boys Spiderman underwear Travis was supposed to have given Jodi for Valentine’s Day 2007. We do know for a fact that Travis wanted to dress up as a park ranger, for example, and he wanted Jodi to dress up in a schoolgirl outfit.

Now, maybe Travis gave her these things and maybe he didn’t. Maybe Jodi bought those things for herself and maybe she didn’t. Maybe they both thought the Spiderman underwear was sexy and maybe they didn’t.

underwear ltHow are Juan Martinez’ accusations any different than those he condemns Jodi Arias for making? Jodi Arias and Travis did not exchange e-mails or text messages about the Valentine’s gifts. They still might have talked personally or called each other. Nothing was proven one way or the other. Juan Martinez does not get to say that Jodi Arias and her entire defense are liars, so therefore his baseless accusations are true, does he?

Obviously, Travis became very upset by something Jodi allegedly did or was going to do by May 26, 2008. But there is nothing about that in their communications. This, according to Juan, must not have happened either. They must have talked over the phone, or communicated some other way. So why doesn’t this apply to Valentine’s Day? Just because there is no mention of gifts by text message or e-mail doesn’t mean there were no communications about the Valentine’s gifts.

mirror 4Jodi Attacked Travis’ Reputation

How do you apply a justifiable homicide defense without saying anything negative about the victim?

Travis has left us his reputation independently of what Arias said. But that sex tape really helps us to see that Arias was telling the truth about Travis. In just 45 minutes, he mentions orgasms and a 12 year-old girl in the same sentence, and talks about taking the virginity of a little girl, reveals his overbearing personality, his love for talking about himself, and his callous use of Arias solely for sexual gratification.

At least one former friend has finally come forward and talked about the Travis he really remembers as opposed to the sympathetic denial of anything bad Travis has done because of his awful death.

misrep 3Jodi Lied about Travis’ Sexual Interest in Children (that he displayed on the sex tape)

The pedophilia claims do not help her case in any way, except one. It’s a very dangerous claim to make in a death penalty case. The jurors will retaliate if they don’t believe you.

As a juror, even if the victim was a convicted pedophile, it would make zero difference to me as far as my sympathy for the victim or the guilt or innocence of the defendant. The only reason Arias brought up the pedophilia claim is to show what happened in January 2008, and why the abusive relationship may have quickly escalated into physical violence.

If Travis Alexander had a dark secret, he may well have confided in Jodi Arias. Her story about catching him in the bedroom with pictures of young boys also illustrates Travis’ open-door policy. She typically let herself in and she went right up the stairs and into his room.

Talking about a “twelve year-old having her first orgasm” and “corking the pot of a little girl” is just role playing and fantasy talk, says Juan Martinez, the apologist.

Pedophilia “is termed pedophilic disorder in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), and the manual defines it as a paraphilia in which adults or adolescents 16 years of age or older have intense and recurrent sexual urges towards and fantasies about prepubescent children that they have either acted on or which cause them distress or  interpersonal difficulty.”

Travis Alexander just happened to casually and spontaneously  mention these things in the only sex conversation that happened to be recorded. Draw your own conclusions.

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The Law of Attraction + my lies +  my word + Alyce LaViolette = It did happen. – Juan Martinez (paraphrase)

Dr. DeMarte, when questioned by Juan Martinez , told the jury that she would take this entry in Jodi’s diary at face value. What he didn’t ask her is if she would take a client’s claim of domestic violence on the same day at face value.

Go ask Alyce, I think she'll know.

Martinez wants to say that nothing bad happened between Jodi and Travis, like Alexander kicking her in the ribs, slapping her, or choking her into unconsciousness, if it’s not written down in Jodi’s journal.

Jodi did not write negative things about Travis in her journal, and besides a few carefully worded entries, we saw at the trial that there were none. We do know that Travis and Jodi had a large number of violent arguments and caustic break-ups, and that Travis was cheating on Jodi. Entries about these incidents are rarely found in her journals. These incidents must not have happened as well.

About the “three tender kisses”, when does Travis ever get romantic with Arias? When he’s leaving her or when he’s in trouble with her. So yes, the three soft kisses in April, 2008 could have been a sweet goodbye like Juan says, or they could have been an apology for physical violence like Jodi and Alyce LaViolette claim.

Remember, the defense only has to show that it’s possible. The prosecution must prove their case to the exclusion of any other possibility. This may also explain why Travis could not break it off for good with Jodi in January, like he told Dan Freeman he was planning on doing, because he felt too badly about what he had done.

Are there any other entries in 15 years of journals where Jodi writes that there was “nothing noteworthy to report”? That is something we would need to know. We didn’t see other entries like this. Martinez proved nothing here, and maybe it’s time for Juan to actually prove something, because this is a Capital murder case.

white lie 1Jodi Was Not Physically Abused Because She Didn’t Call 911

Juan’s big contention that Jodi would have called the police on Travis just isn’t realistic. She wasn’t going to do that and it has nothing to do with the 911 call with Bobby Juarez. She was remaining loyal to Travis and she did so even after his death.

The idea that if there is no documentation, no photos, no journal entry, and no police report, then there was no physical violence is insulting. This is the reason that Jodi is working now on helping to get the message out that if you are physically abused, you should tell someone, document it and call the police.

fish 2Jodi Told Darryl Brewer She Was Going to Mesa

Juan seizes on any minor inconsistency he can find, and then magnifies it into a major piece of evidence. Here is a big lie from Martinez: After Darryl Brewer testified in court that Jodi never told him she was going to Mesa, here is Martinez lying to the jury in closing arguments, and telling them that she did tell Darryl Brewer that she was going to Mesa, because it was in his notes.

darryl jack jodi partyHere is what really happened. Darryl, at the time he was questioned, knew that Jodi had gone to Mesa and killed Travis. What he was saying at the questioning incorporated what he knew then, not what he knew in June, 2008.

Juan jumped on this and tried to use it as proof of premeditation. Even after the witness said under oath that Jodi did not tell him she was going to Mesa, he still uses it in his closing argument.

This is the prosecutor who claims that even an exaggeration, a failure to tell the complete truth to everyone you  know, or even a little white lie, is a shocking breach of trust.

fish 2Jodi Lied Because She Didn’t Use Priceline

“The only reason Jodi Arias went to Redding airport was to kill Travis Alexander.” – Juan Martinez

How does Martinez know this? Because, he says, Jodi lied about Priceline. This is a fact from Juan, so we better be sure. This happened in 2008 and the trial was 4 ½ years later. Jodi did make a purchase for air tickets on Priceline a few weeks later.

Jodi did use her records to refresh her memory and she did state she used Priceline to scout locations and prices. At no time does she say she purchased the rental through Priceline. If she did intend to say that, she could have been mistaken. After all, Jodi was on the stand all day for 18 days.

Here’s the thing: IF Jodi planned on killing Alexander, and the trip to Utah was only for purposes of an alibi, then the California, Nevada, Utah part of her trip would need to be very visible. Therefore, there is no reason whatever to hide a car rental. There’s better deals at the airport, whether you use Priceline or not.

fish 2Jodi Is Guilty Because She Brought the CD’s

Juan likes to make a lot out of the fact that Jodi brought the CD’s from her vacations with Travis.  This tells Juan she knew she was going to see Travis. Jodi did say it was a possibility and she planned too many things for the amount of time she had.

These CD’s were never entered into evidence and we don’t know if they just have the trip photos on them or if they have all kinds of pictures on them. Many people, including myself, have CD’s and DVD’s in their laptop carrying case. They go with us wherever we bring our laptop.

There was no evidence to suggest that Jodi brought those CD’s because she knew she was going to murder Travis Alexander. It was merely an unsupported allegation presented to the jury with nothing to back it up. Think how stupid this idea is. I want to murder you, but before that, let’s reminisce about our lovely vacations together and let me give you those photos I promised you.

white lie 1Jodi Violated the Law (of attraction)

Here, Juan Martinez is trying to revive the blown theory that Jodi dyed her brown hair brown as part of some kind of plot rather than doing it to improve her appearance for Ryan Burns. This is the real law of attraction: Improve your appearance to attract a new boyfriend.

fish 2Jodi Is Lying Because Other People Misunderstood Her

As far as the knife story with the apple and the rope and whether her ankles or wrists were tied, this doesn’t mean anything. There is no specific statement by Jodi which says the knife was for cutting an apple or her ankles were bound. These came from Alyce LaViolette’s notes.

Jodi Arias has a habit of talking about a subject generally instead of a specific incident. So when she spoke to Detective Flores at the interrogation about her fingers, she talked about other times she cut or hurt her fingers besides on June 4th. When she was asked about Travis shaving, she talked about other days that she saw Travis shave, besides June 4th. This is one source of inconsistencies Juan Martinez likes to seize upon.

This can easily be attributed to a misunderstanding or error of the person documenting the story.  LaViolette specifically stated that she was hired to look into the question of whether there was domestic violence in the relationship and she was specifically not hired to be a detective or look into any of the events of June 4th.

About the sleigh bed, there is nothing about the bed which means you cannot have a rope. The rope could be behind the head board or looped around the head board. This can also explains why the rope was more than 20 feet long.

misrep 3Jodi Is Lying Because She “Staged the Scene”

Juan Martinez told the jury that if Jodi were in an altered state of mind, she would have not taken off her socks and she would have left bloody footprints all the way out of the house. Martinez also stated that in an altered state of mind, Jodi would have left bloody footprints near the bed, when she went to retrieve the rope. Martinez offered no scientific evidence to substantiate his claims other than his own statements and a general assessment by Dr. DeMarte..

Sometime before the shower and photos incident, the bed sheets were removed and thrown in the wash by either Travis or Jodi. At that time, the rope could have been taken downstairs. Self-preservation is automatic and it extends to removing evidence. Juan’s repeated contention that Jodi would have to leave bloody footprints through the house or to get the rope are nonsense.

whopper 5Jodi Lied about the Gun Being First Because Martinez Lied First About the Gun Being Last

There is no forensic evidence saying the gun was last. Every bit of logic and evidence, forensic and otherwise, suggests the gun was first, except for the photo of the bullet casing on top of a 2 inch spot of blood at the edge of the floor and the highly questionable testimony of Dr. Horn.

white lie 1Jodi Lied Because the Shell Casing Defied the Laws of Physics

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We know there was a large amount of water on the floor. We know there was a cleanup and a lot of hectic movement in the bathroom after the killing. We know the roommate went into the bathroom and found the body and the police went in after that. We know there is an unexplained foot print in blood near the closet door and things were moved around.

It would be far more likely that the shell casing was not in it’s original position than that it remained exactly where it landed after the gun was fired on June 4th, 2008.

whopper 5Jodi Is Guilty Because She Was Not Random and She Was Goal Directed

Juan Martinez points out that someone in an altered state of mind would behave randomly, not “striking to kill”, but stabbing someone all over, like a blind robot. Where is the science for this? That’s not the experience of documented homicides in an altered state of mind.

The blood on the carpet appears more like Arias wiping her feet than stomping and hovering over him. This says nothing about what happened. Arias also left the camera in the washing machine. This is all chaotic activity. Here, Juan is saying that Jodi is both goal directed and chaotic. But you can’t have it both ways, can you, Juan?

Juan states that in an altered state, there would be knife wounds all over instead of a strike to kill. There were knife wounds all over and the idea that someone in an altered state of mind cannot have directed behavior such as aimed stabs and some clean up is a fallacy. There is no evidence for that.

Juan’s contention seems to be that if this happened the way Arias says it did, then Travis would have stab wounds randomly all over his body. He would not have a slit throat, he would have been found at the end of the hallway. There would be bloody footprints going out the bedroom and down the stairs. There would be bloody footprints around the bed as Arias retrieved the rope. There would have been no cleanup and all the incriminating evidence would be left behind.

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This is the same argument he used in the Falater case. But there is no evidence, facts or testimony and no serious source which can prove that this is what would have happened if a killing took place by a person with an altered state of mind.

“It takes time and takes thinking to chase and kill. In front of the sink, in the mirror, Travis can see ‘that thing’ deliver the strikes to his back.” – Juan Martinez

That Alexander can see Arias coming at him with the knife in the mirror is totally unsupported speculation. There is nothing to support the idea that Travis was stabbed in the shower or in the back at the sink. A person under attack would not support themselves on their severely wounded left hand as Martinez claims. A person under a knife attack would not be able to  stand at the sink for that length of time.

A hand cut as severely as Alexander’s left hand would have left much more blood than that at the sink. If Alexander were stabbed in the shower, he wouldn’t have taken a left and headed for the sink, trapping himself in the bathroom. He would have gone right and out the closet door or down the hallway immediately. He wouldn’t have gone to the sink at all. The prosecutor’s theory makes no logical, scientific, common, or intuitive sense at all.

A “strike to kill” has no bearing on state of mind. This is not blind man’s bluff or a blindfolded girl striking at a piñata

mirror 4Jodi “lied in this sacrosanct place of finding the truth” – Juan Martinez

Here is a crystal clear instance of projection by a dangerous sociopath and Maricopa County’s “Prosecutor of the Year”.

Like the Falater case, the Grant case, the Carr case, the Lynch case, The Morris case, the Miller case, the Towery case and the Chrisman case, Juan has once again badgered witnesses, misrepresented facts, made exaggerations, given incomplete or distorted facts, told white lies, told regular and ornate lies, and presented mere speculation as fact.

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The Falater Case:

Juan suggested no less than six competing motives for why Mormon high Councilor Scott Falater killed his wife. None of the six motives were supported by any facts, testimony, or evidence. Juan badgered and ridiculed defense experts, yelled at a priest, and intimidated child witnesses.

Martinez produced a highly biased expert witness who was chosen for his rapport and communication skills rather than for his knowledge on the subject. Martinez misled the jury by suggesting, that people in an altered state of mind cannot engage in goal directed behavior and do not clean up or remove evidence . There was only one college graduate on the jury.

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The Grant Case:

Juan withheld evidence from the defense, objected over 50 times during the defense opening statements (something that is just not done), pressured the judge to not allow evidence into trial, wouldn’t let defense witnesses fully answer questions, and then objected constantly when they were being questioned by the defense.

Juan accused defense witnesses of lying but offered no supporting evidence. Juan intimidated defense witnesses by claiming they had violated the law in some way. Juan’s theory of the crime was fashioned out of whole cloth.

The jury did not believe his theory of the crime, and Doug Grant was found guilty of manslaughter instead of 1st degree murder.

mirror 4The Carr Case:

Juan withheld evidence, was admonished by the judge for an offense punishable by jail time, and refused to admit wrong doing. He was provided with a top attorney by the County. He blamed the defense for his actions, was forced to write a letter of apology, and lost the case.

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The Lynch Case:

Juan told the jury there were four death penalty aggravators when in fact there were only two, forcing a retrial.

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The Morris Case:

Juan unsealed an evidence bag containing the jacket of a victim who had been buried near Morris’ trailer and invited jurors to take a good whiff. Juan lied to the jury by trying to convince them that Morris had sex with his dead victims because the dead bodies smelled badly.

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The Miller Case:

Juan is still angry at Judge Bartlett for not doing something that no judge has ever done: Charging Miller with the cruelty aggravator for execution style shootings. He argued with the Judge even though Miller already had four other death penalty aggravators (prior violent crimes, pecuniary gain, multiple murders, and the murder of a child).

Juan never forgot this, even though Judge Bartlett was protecting him from being over-zealous. To this day, Juan declares that Judge Bartlett, who has presided over numerous death penalty convictions, is soft on crime and the death penalty. He is continuing to try to get Judge Bartlett thrown off the pending Redondo case in favor of a “hanging judge” .

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The Towery case:

Juan suggested to the commutation board that Robert Towery injected his victims with battery acid and his claims of severe childhood abuse had no foundation – two obvious and and glaring lies.

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The Chrisman case:

Juan told jurors that Officer Chrisman was lying because gun powder residue was not found on the bicycle, proving that the decedent, Danny Rodriguez, did not threaten him with the bicycle before Chrisman fired his weapon. In fact, no gunpowder tests were ever performed on the bicycle. How is this not a lie?

Juan did not get the 2nd degree murder conviction he wanted, but he blamed that on the police and he told the jury this was because the police must have somehow hidden his evidence and obstructed justice. Juan, as usual, offered no facts, testimony or evidence in support of this allegation, other than the allegation itself.

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The Arias case:

Juan purposely dropped the camera on the floor, then denied any wrongdoing.  Juan invited Alyce LaViolette, a completely non-violent therapist working with the victims and perpetrators of violent domestic crimes, to spar with him.  Juan badgered defense witnesses, threatened at least two of them with criminal prosecution if they testified, and made baseless accusations. Juan personally attacked the defense attorneys on such things as their knowledge of the law, their appearance, and whether or not he would kill himself if married to one of them.

Juan once again withheld evidence until shortly before the scheduled start of the trial and there is reason to believe he suborned perjury in the testimony of the medical examiner. Juan bent the law and logic to the breaking point by insisting that if it is not a 1st degree premeditated murder, then it’s a 1st degree felony murder because Arias entered or stayed in the home with the intention of committing 1st degree premeditated murder.

This carefully planned and concealed surprise intimidation of defense witness Lisa Andrews- Daidone, which also needlessly shocked and emotionally traumatized members of the Alexander family, is typical of Martinez’ courtroom decorum in a capital murder trial:

(The video itself contains more lies about Arias’ reaction to the photo. She was looking at the judge, not at the video screens.)

Juan Martinez sees everything in black and white. In a rare case where things are not as they appear, Juan insists on seeing things only as they appear on the surface. Juan is the mirror in this case, projecting his own flaws and inner demons onto Jodi Arias.

Juan Martinez is a certified liar.

juan crackd newJuan Martinez is a sociopath per DSM – 5 Anti Social Personality Disorder with the following characteristics:

  • Superficial charm and good intelligence
  • Untruthfulness and insincerity
  • Lack of remorse and shame
  • Poor judgement and failure to learn by experience
  • Specific loss of insight
  • Pathological egocentricity and incapacity for love

Juan projects the behaviors of a typical hardened criminal or psychopath onto Jodi Arias. She is proven to be neither of these. His closing arguments, on the shallow surface, make sense and are logical, but a closer, deeper look, coupled with a history of Juan’s behavior in other cases, shows that once again, Juan told a pack of lies, and the mirror crack’d from side to side.

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